Friday 3rd September
Dear parents and carers,
Welcome back to a new year at St. Thomas’. We all hope you all had a safe and enjoyable summer holiday. There are some changes in school, but the vast majority of things have stayed the same.
If you have any questions or worries, please speak to any of the staff outside before school on Monday morning.
Government guidance now allows school to remove the bubble structure, other social distancing measures and control measures that have been in place for children. Our school will be doing this from September 2021. Government guidance also means we can also remove our staggered start/finish times and revert many aspects of school back to how school was working before the pandemic started.
However, we need to be clear that the pandemic has not gone away and as per government guidelines, we now need to learn to live with Coronavirus. As such some general measures will need to remain in place. From time to time, our arrangements may need to be reviewed in the event of any increase in infections or changes in government guidelines.
The School Day
The school day will revert back to normal hours for all classes as of 6th September 2021.
School registration will be at 8:50 am. Children can come enter their classrooms via the main playground between 8.45-8.55am to start learning and be ready for 8:55 am registration. Pupils should go straight into their classrooms when entering the yard. Ensuring your children are in school promptly has a huge impact on their learning.
School will close at 3:00 where you can pick them up from the playground.
We are asking that pupils come to school wearing their PE kit on their given PE day. Class teachers will communicate when this day is. Pupils should wear a white t-shirt, black shorts, their school jumper or cardigan and trainers. In colder weather, pupils may wear dark leggings or joggers instead of shorts. School jumpers, cardigans or fleeces MUST be worn.
PE days will be shared shortly.
Face coverings in school
Due to the large numbers of people who will be on the playground before and after school, we are still advising that parents and carers continue wearing face coverings on the school yard when picking up and dropping off their children.
If parents or children have any of the COVID symptoms, please do not come onto school premises.
Our school risk assessment has been updated in line with the new guidance from the government. This is available to read and shared on the school website.