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Headteacher's Welcome Back Information Letter

Dear Parents and Carers, 

 

I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer break with your children. I would like to welcome you all back to a new and exciting academic year and for those families who are joining us for the first time we warmly welcome you to Catcott Primary School and look forward to working with you.

 

COVID-19

As you are aware the cases locally during August have been at their highest since the pandemic began. Although, we are returning to some normality in school e.g. no bubbles. I am conscious that we need to maintain some of the practices we put into place last year to maintain a safe environment for the children and staff.

 

These safety measures will continue:

  • Staggered drop off times starting from 08.50 – 09.05. You have the flexibility as parents to drop your child off at the main gate during this time.
  • Children will continue to be encouraged to wash their hands regularly.
  • The buildings will continue to be well-ventilated.
  • On PE and Outdoor Learning days the children will come to school dressed in the appropriate clothing – not school uniform. In Outdoor Learning, your child will come to school dressed in clothes that you don’t mind them getting mucky in for the day.

Collecting your child from school at the end of the day:

We ask that one parent comes onto the school site to collect your child/ren. You will be able to enter the school via the main black gate and go up the steps on to the main playground if your child is in Years 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. The class teacher will bring their class out onto the main playground where they will be handed over to you. We ask that you then exit the school via the vehicle gate. School finishes at 15.30pm and the gates will be open from 15.20pm for the above year groups.

Year 1 and Reception Children: If your child is in these year groups then one adult will be able to come to the brown wooden gate in the Reception outdoor area and collect your child at 15.25pm this then allows you to go on to the main playground to collect any other siblings you may have in school. We also ask that you exit the school via the vehicle gate.

 

Parking

As you are all aware our beautiful school is in the heart of Catcott Village. We ask that you are respectful when parking your cars when dropping off and collecting your child/ren and do not block resident’s driveways.

It is illegal to park on the yellow zig zag lines outside of the school, parking opposite these lines is also dangerous. Please adhere to this.

 

Communication

By the end of this week you will have received communication from your child’s class teacher with how we communicate with you and how you can communicate with them! In Reception, we use an online tool called ‘Tapestry’ and in Years 1 to 6 this year we will be using Dojo. Please keep an eye out for this.

 

PE and Outdoor Learning Days

If your child is in Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 their PE day will be on a Monday. This means that they will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit for the whole day. This will commence on Monday 13th September 2021.

 

Year 5 will have an extra PE session on a Tuesday afternoon so will need to wear their PE kit to school again for this half term.

 

Reception children will begin their PE sessions on a Tuesday which will start when they are in school full time 21.09.2021 and will need to come to school dressed in their PE kits.

 

Your child’s class will communicate with you when Outdoor Learning will start and on what days this will be happening by the end of the week.

 

Swimming

Children in Years 3 and 4 will be starting swimming lessons at Strode from Tuesday 21st September. A letter will be sent out containing more information next week.

 

COVID-19 Symptoms

If your child is showing symptoms that are symptomatic of Covid-19 (a new, continuous cough or fever, a change or loss of taste/smell) they must be kept at home and you must book a PCR test for them at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test as soon as possible (not a lateral flow test). They should remain at home until the test result is received.  If they test positive they must remain at home for 10 days to self-isolate.  If it is negative they may return to school once they are well enough (please email a copy of the NHS PCR test result to the school office for our records on office@catcott.somerset.sch.uk).

 

It was so wonderful to see so many happy faces coming through the school gates this morning. The classrooms have certainly been buzzing where all the children have appeared to have settled straight back into school life once again.

 

During our morning assembly the children and staff discussed their feelings of before coming to school today and how their morning had been. I thought I would share these with you…

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Mrs Sharon Foxall

Acting Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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