What a lovely start to the summer term this week with the children enjoying some exciting and fun events.
Nursery have been excited with their Rainbow Meadow area on the grassed part of the playground at the front of school. They send a huge thank you to Mr Mark and Mr Price who have given up their time to create this delightful space.
Reception have been enjoying the sunny weather during their Welly Wednesday session, as well as thinking about how to stay healthy.
Key Stage 1 have been busy designing a healthy menu, thinking abut what they like and how this could be added into a delicious, healthy meal.
Key Stage 2 experienced an online Science session linked to understanding rocks, which really challenged their technology skills as well as their listening skills.
As we move out of COVID restrictions there are some decisions we, as a school, have to make to ensure we continue to keep our staff and children as safe as possible. With this in mind we will not be inviting parents to join us this year for sports day. The children will still have this experience but in a slightly different manner to how we normally deliver this. We plan to take as many photos of the events as possible and will look at sharing these with you through our website.
Year 4’s will normally have already taken part in a residential experience as part of their final year activities. This unfortunately has not been possible but an alternative, school based event has been booked and further information will be coming out to these parents in the next few weeks. I know the children will be just as excited and enjoy what we have planned.
Year 4 Parents Only – It’s that time of year already where we start to think of our Year 4 Leavers Keepsake Hoodies 😢 – it comes round so quickly!
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We are starting to look forward to September and arrangements for classes etc. Can I ask that if you have any thoughts or requests regarding where your child is placed next year, then please email me (email@example.com) within the next week so these can be taken into consideration. As always, we take many considerations into account in making these decisions and whilst we try to accommodate where possible, no promises can be made about these.
Can I remind you that if you wish your child to attend our After School Club, which runs from the end of the school day until 5.15pm, then please book a place using the following link to the necessary form.
At the end of March, NHS Test and Trace reintroduced confirmatory PCR testing for positive lateral flow device (LFD) tests conducted. This means that all staff, pupils and students who get a positive LFD test, whether at home or supervised at their school or college, should get a confirmatory PCR. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days of the positive LFD result.
Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can also end their self-isolation.
One of our children is taking part in a ‘Cycle for Cancer’ event, cycling 100 mile with his father, raising money for prostrate cancer. If you would like to donate to this event then please use the link below. It is a real challenge for a great cause.
Fingers crossed the lovely weather continues and the children can get outside for their learning as much as possible.
A quick reminder that we have an INSET day on Friday 2nd July with school closed to the children. Please remember to add this to your diary.
Also please remember that school dinners are now £2.30, so please ensure you make the correct deposit in Parent Pay.
As the term rounds off today, I would like to once again thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last difficult few months.
When we return after Easter can I please ask that all children are back in full, correct uniform, including proper school shoes, unless it is one of their PE days. Any children with pierced ears need to wear small stud earrings rather than larger ones or dangling ones which would present a danger in the school environment.
In the next few days, you will be receiving an invite from your child’s class teacher, to join them after Easter for a catch up on how your child has settled back into full time school life. Please watch out for email information to drop into your inbox.
Can I please request that you continue throughout the Easter holidays to inform me (firstname.lastname@example.org) of any positive cases of COVI19 in your household, to enable me to continue to track and trace during this time.
I wish you all an enjoyable Easter break and look forward to seeing you as the Summer term starts on Monday 19th April.
What a super first week we have had back with all the children. I have to commend them for how they have behaved this week and in coming back in such a positive and confident manner. Thank you to all the parents for your hard work during lock down, we are seeing and hearing lots of positives from the children as well.
I know many of you are struggling with replacing outgrown school uniform/ shoes, with the shops shut. Please do not panic, do your best to make sure that any replacements are sorted for after Easter so that we can have all children back into full uniform, including school shoes from this date onwards. If you are still struggling after, get in touch and let us know. Up until then please dress your child in the best possible option suitable for school.
Can I also take this opportunity to remind parents that if your child has their ears pierced then they should only be wearing small studs to school for safety. We have noticed quite a few children wearing much bigger earring and this potentially poses a higher risk of injury. Also, earrings need to be removed either by the child, or yourselves on PE days.
LATERAL FLOW TESTS
You are probably more than aware that households with primary age children are now able to tests themselves twice every week from home. Anyone 18 or over can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.
Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.
Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.
If you are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.
Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.
FRIDAY 19th MARCH – RED NOSE DAY
To support this cause we invite the children to come in non-uniform for this day. As previously we are not requesting you to send money into school, instead if you wish to make a donation, please use the link on Princefield PSA Facebook Just Giving page.
Fingers crossed the positive start we have had this week continues and school life can start to get back to some form of ‘normal’
I will continue to send you regular updates. Any concerns, thoughts or comments continue to use either the office or my email for communication. (email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org )
Take care ad have a good weekend
UPDATE – SCHOOL FULLY OPENING 8TH MARCH
Dear Parents / Carers
As you are aware the Government announced that schools would fully open from Monday 8th March 2021. In line with this announcement we will be opening to all year groups. Attendance will be mandatory for all children / year groups.
However, to enable school to be fully prepared and safe we will need to shut at 12 midday on Friday 5th March to allow staff time to sanitise, move equipment back into main classroom areas etc. We therefore ask that critical worker parents arrange for their children to be collected at 12 midday on this Friday.
Most of the safety precautions we implemented in September will remain for the foreseeable future. We have continued to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment which is reviewed weekly. This can be found on the Penk Valley Trust (www.penkvalley.co.uk https://www.princefield.staffs.sch.uk/) This outlines all the additional hygiene measures we will be putting in place.
School will remain split into 4 ‘hubs’ (Nursery, Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) with children and staff remaining within these ‘hubs’ throughout the day.
Can I remind you that whilst we will encourage pupils to socially distance within their hubs, the government does recognise, “early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart” (Coronavirus: implementing protective measures in education settings)
I would like to make it quite clear that, whilst regular reminders, posters and strategies will be used to implement social distancing, most children will naturally not do this.
Dropping off / collecting
We will reintroduce the staggered arrangements for dropping off and collecting children.
Based on your eldest child’s surname these are:
A – F 8.45am & 3.00pm
G – P 8.55am & 3.10pm
Q – Z 9.05am & 3.20pm
I know some of you previously needed to change these times to support other arrangements so can I ask all to complete the following linked form so that we can ensure there is a steady flow rather than any one time being too busy.
Masks are to be worn by adults whilst on the school grounds dropping off and collecting please.
Children are requested to wear uniform as normal, but please be mindful that if the weather gets cold, with windows and doors remaining open they may need extra layers for warmth.
On days when they have PE they will be asked to wear their kits to school, rather than change in the classrooms. Each area of school will communicate when this will be through Tapestry or Seesaw.
Children can bring lunch boxes and snack pots as normal but any other equipment must be kept to a minimum. Where possible please do not bring bags/ items to school that are not necessary.
Children will continue to have their lunch in their classroom bases and up until Easter we will be offering ‘Grab Bag’ options (sandwiches/ snacks/ crisps/ drinks) They may still bring their own packed lunches if you/ they prefer this. After Easter we will reintroduce a hot option and a new menu will be shared with you regarding this nearer the time.
During the first few days back, we will be focussing on the children’s mental health and well being and reintroducing them to school life and working within a classroom environment with their peers and friends. The more structured curriculum, including English and Maths etc. will then be re-introduced as the week progresses and teachers will start to assess where your child is and any gaps there may be, so that planning can be adapted to address this as soon as possible.
As the majority of the Spring term has been spent in lockdown we will not be issuing interim reports as we would normally do at the end of the term. These will be resumed at the end of the Summer Term. There will also not be parent interviews as planned this term. After Easter, we will be offering opportunities for those who require it, time to discuss any thoughts/ concerns regarding their child’s progress. We will give you further information regarding this at the beginning of the summer term.
Please do not bring your child to school if you or anybody in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus (new continuous cough and/or high temperature, loss of smell or taste). Please use the NHS 111 helpline and follow the guidance about self-isolating. Let school know of any case / outbreaks immediately. Parents will be kept fully informed of any suspected COVID19 infections within their child’s hub.
We continue to be required to ensure all children remain safe and well so ask that you let us know if your child will not be attending for any other reason, by emailing or ringing the office (email@example.com 01785 714050).
Breakfast and After School Clubs (RECEPTION, YEARS 1, 2, 3 & 4 ONLY)
Both Breakfast and After School Club will resume for Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 & 4, from Monday 8th March. Each of these clubs will be positioned in the main school hall, which will be sectioned into ‘hub’ areas to minimise the contact between these children. Access will be through the side door by the kitchen.
Breakfast club will run as normal from 7.45am with your child moving to their class area at 8.45am. Cost of this provision remains at £4. To book your child into Breakfast club please message / text to 07933724273.
After School club will run from your child’s class/ hub finish time until 5.15pm (At present we will not be able to run the extended provision till 5.45pm as we need to allow extra cleaning time for safety) The cost is: –
Provision from the end of the school day up to 4.15pm – £4 for all children
Provision from the end of the school day up to 5.15pm – £8 for all children
A late fee of £10 is in place for any parent consistently late after the 5.15pm cut off.
Places need to be booked a week in advance using the attached forms link, which can also be found on the school website (Breakfast and After School Club link)
After School club emergency places can still be booked through the school office) or for BREAKFAST club only text 07933724273.
This provision will be constantly monitored and adapted as and when it is considered safe and appropriate to do so.
Any nursery parent wishing to use the Breakfast Club or After School Club facility please contact Mrs Barron or Mrs Humphreys to discuss this.
As you can imagine, having enough staff to allow this system to operate in a safe and manageable manner is a difficult one. We do not have any spare adults to cover should multiple staff be absent with any other illness. In these circumstances, it may be necessary for a hub to be temporarily closed until the safe number of staff are available to open it. Again, parents will be fully informed as to reasons why, if necessary, a hub is shut for a period of time.
Communication with school
Should you need to discuss any matters about your circumstances / child during the school day we respectfully ask that you either ring or email school to do this.
Parents will not be allowed inside the school building / classrooms.
Any communication with the teaching staff can still be carried out by contacting them on their school email addresses or through myself or the school office.
This situation continues to be a very challenging one and many questions/ systems / issues may occur as the gradual process of coming out of lockdown moves forward. Please continue to be patient with us, we do not have all the answers, as yet, but we are doing our best to get school back to ‘as normal’ as possible for you and the children. Any questions / queries please ask via email and we will endeavour to work with you to set up a workable and manageable system.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you all on 8th March.