Coronavirus Information

11th May 2020 (letter sent out to parents via email)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Yesterday evening, the Prime Minister’s address to the nation indicated that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June, starting with pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. This is part of the government’s conditional plan, which it says will remain under regular review.

As a school, we only received the information when you did – we had no prior knowledge of its content. We are awaiting further information and clarification from the government about what this means for all primary schools. Until then, we cannot start to formulate a plan as to how to achieve what the government has requested. We will as always be working closely with colleagues in Formby and across Sefton, and with the local authority.

Today the Prime Minister has said he would hope all primary children are back in school by the end of term.  Please be assured this will not be undertaken lightly and without due consideration for the safety of staff, pupils and parents. Our biggest concern is trying to maintain social distancing, which is almost impossible in a school environment: children naturally gravitate towards each other and staff cannot always help children from 2m away! Our risk assessment here would allow 10 children in a classroom as a maximum and, in addition to the three year groups identified, we would need to continue to accommodate children of key workers and vulnerable children. This would mean over 200 pupils, so clearly they could not all be in at the same time. 

 

However, in the short-term, nothing has changed and we will provide further information in the coming days just as soon as we are able.

School continues to remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children where alternative arrangements for childcare cannot be made.  From 18th May all children in school will require a packed lunch as the kitchen staff have not yet had a break, and over half term w/b 25th May, school will be only be open from 8.30am till 3.00pm.

Please bear with us whilst we plan for a return to school in the safest way possible.

Take care and stay safe.

Sharon Cowey, 

 

20. 3. 20

Dear Parent/Carer

As your child/children will be coming into school we feel it is important to outline expectations for this unprecedented period. Children will not need to wear school uniform, will need trainers and indoor pumps, they will also need their green Home Learning book. Please send a warm waterproof coat as we will plan for lots of outside experiences.

 

Usual lunchtime arrangements will apply, Carol will be here and will provide a meal for those children who usually have one but will not be following the set menu. Children who normally have a packed lunch will need to bring one. Pupils will need a snack and a water bottle (juice or water).

 

School will begin at 9am – Rec- Y2 pupils will arrive through the Reception gate and ROLA, Y3-6 pupils will arrive through the front entrance: staff will register them and take them to their playroom. Children will be directed to home learning activities (Home Learning Resources emailed to all families yesterday) each morning with a break for snack and a drink.

Lunch will be from 12pm until 1pm with time outside for free play, weather permitting.

In the afternoons pupils will have activities such as story time with a free-flowing range of organised activities. School will finish at 3pm when children going home will be collected from their entrance point.

 

Pupils attending wrap around care can arrive from 8am and will be registered by staff. Children will be given breakfast and play until 9am. After school, pupils will be given a light meal, they will be able to play outside and take part in games and activities in the school hall. They can be collected via the school entrance (where an outside bell is clearly labelled) up to 5.30pm.

 

The school office will be open for reduced hours and therefore any changes to your circumstances must be emailed to admin.stlukesformby@schools.sefton.gov.uk

 

As an educational establishment we will be following all guidelines from HM Government. Pupils will be asked to maintain a distance of 3 paces from each other at ALL times.

We will continue to wash hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when arriving at school, when blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing, eating or handling food. We will encourage our children to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in a bin and wash their hands. As such, it would be very helpful if they could bring their own tissues.

We ask that you share this information with your child/children before they arrive on Monday. Please be certain that we will continue to reassure our pupils at all times and their safety and welfare are our priority.

Yours sincerely

Sharon Cowey

Headteacher

 

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