It has been lovely to welcome back almost 100% of our pupils this week – some we haven’t seen since March, despite getting numbers back to 75% before the holiday. It is also very lovely to welcome 3 new pupils joining us in years 1, 3 and 6 this week who we are really looking forward to getting to know. Our new reception pupils will be joining us later this term, by arrangement, and preparations are well underway now to ensure a great start for them too.
As you would expect, we have numerous measures in place this term to protect against the spread of coronavirus, most of which were in place from before so are familiar to most. We have always worked with our families to try to minimise the seasonal respiratory infections by asking that they do not send their child to school if they have cold or flu symptoms. Now, clearly, this is even more acutely important.
We have also been very aware that the protracted time off school has not been good for many pupils in terms of their physical and educational development, as well as the extra strain families have experienced emotionally. This is why it is doubly important that school is open with a full curriculum operating as normally as possible.
We will soon be holding clinics for various NHS services again but there will be special arrangements with these that you will be informed about at the time. Physio and occupational therapist visits will also be resuming in school but will operate strictly within class ‘bubbles’.
The wellbeing of our pupils involves so many additional factors on top of coronavirus measures that we absolutely recognise the importance of getting as much back to normal as possible, and ask that you are understanding as we attempt to achieve this while still working within the restrictions of strict staff and pupil bubbles.