Welcome Back Letter

6th September 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are looking forward to the start of a new school year on Monday.  I hope that you all managed to enjoy your summer holidays, whilst keeping safe and well!  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Reception children and their families to the school, and also children who are joining us in some of the other classes.  

As staff prepared for the academic year and had our training days on Thursday and Friday this week, there was a real buzz and excitement around school with the thought of the children returning and also with much more of a return to ‘normality’.  Classrooms are looking inviting with the tables and chairs in groups rather than in rows, and it will be lovely to see the whole school mixing for lunchtimes.

There is still a slightly cautionary note – we seem to be more aware of people that we know who are testing positive for Covid.  The guidance has obviously changed since last term, with the key message for schools being;

If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18 you no longer need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you have symptoms you should still isolate and take a PCR test.

 In order that we continue to keep each other and our school community safe, I would ask that you ensure that if your child is showing symptoms that you keep them away from school and get them a PCR test.  I am sure that there will be a rise in the number of coughs and colds as the children mix more with each other, but I feel that being slightly cautious is the safest approach.  I do have to write a ‘contingency plan’ in the event that we have an ‘outbreak’ of cases, but I am hoping that we will not have to return to any form of the restrictions that we have had in the past.

We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming year – the partnership we have is key in helping your children to thrive at school.  Remember that we welcome your comments and questions, and would urge you to contact us if you have any concerns.

Kinds regards,

Kathy McCann