|We have been at level 3 on our outbreak management plan since returning to school after Christmas. I want to first of all thank you for your support, I know it isn’t easy managing the start times and your work commitments.
Each week I review the cases numbers we have in school and this is discussed with Public Health. If any one class reaches 10% of their class number having COIVD then that is considered to be at ‘outbreak’ level. Public Health would then recommend separate bubbles or they may suggest closing the class and reverting to remote learning at home to control the outbreak further. Although we may only have 2 or 3 cases in most of our classes (which vary from 28-30 children) we do need to manage the situation very carefully. Despite the Prime minister relaxing measures, this guidance will remain in place for schools for a longer period.
Public Health feel we have managed the situation well and we do not have any classes needing to close at present. Staffing Levels can also determine whether a class will close and revert to remote learning. We currently have 5 staff that have tested positive, we send them our love and wish them speedy recovery. Staff in school are working hard to cover the gaps.
From Monday 24 January, I will remove the staggered start and finish times. However, please co-operate and follow the guidelines below so we do not need reverse this decision. I feel this would only cause more upset at this point.
Our doors open from 8.45am and children need to be in school by 8.55am (our official start time).
On arrival from 8.45am onwards Year 6 should make their way straight into class through the MAIN OFFICE ENTRANCE.
On arrival from 8.45am onwards Year 5 should continue to use the DAMM HEAD ROAD ENTRANCE to their classroom. They will continue to leave this way at the end of the day at 3.20pm.
On arrival from 8.45am onwards Year 4 should enter school through the door we refer to as the tunnel corridor (this is the same door they use now so no change for them), Miss Pearson will be waiting by the door. At the end of the day the class will be taken onto the bottom yard to line up so parents can collect them at 3.20pm.
On arrival from 8.45am onwards Year 3 should enter school via their classroom door where Mrs Snowden will greet them. At the end of the day they will be taken to the bottom yard to line up so parents can collect at 3.20pm.
On arrival from 8.45am onwards Year 2 should line up on the yard. At 8.50am Mrs Mitchell will wait with the class and take them into school, via the main office entrance, at 8.55am. Please do not allow your child to run around the yard and mix with other class children. Encourage them to line up and wait for the staff. At the end of the day they will be taken to the bottom yard for parents to collect at 3.25pm.
On arrival from 8.45am onwards Year 1 can enter school via the front door of the Infant building. Mrs Wheeler will there to greet them. At this stage I ask parents not to enter school but if you wish to speak to Mrs Wheeler she will be available. At the end of the day the children will be taken to the yard area for collection at 3.25pm. This is the same area that you all meet in now.
On arrival from 8.45am onwards Reception Class can enter via their classroom door at the back of the building. At the end of the day the children will be taken to the front yard for collection at 3.20pm. This will avoid too much congestion at the end of the day at the back of the Reception classroom.
For Pre- School everything will remain as it is now.
- Please keep all of the gate area off Gisburn Road clear -please wait on the bottom yard where there is much more space to spread out.
- When moving up and down the steps on the bottom yard – please use a ‘keep left’ system. This will avoid too much congestion in this area.
- A small number of parents wait at the bottom of the steps and this is due to mobility issues.
- Regular testing of your children on Sunday and then again mid-week would also help us to keep disruption to a minimum. (I know LFT tests are difficult to get hold of)
Whilst the children are in school they will continue to be in class bubbles, with separate playtimes and staggered lunchtimes. This will be reviewed on Wednesday 26 January 2022.
My aim is to keep all classes open and the children in school where they need to be. Many schools across East Lancashire do have a number of classrooms closed. We are doing our very best to avoid this at all costs.
We continue to ventilate the rooms throughout the day and we have an endless cleaning schedule. Thank you for your continued support.