Dear Parents and Carers
 
Please read over the guidance below again that was sent out just before we broke up for the summer, to remind you of our procedures that will be in place once we all return on Monday 6thSeptember 2021.
 
As the government are expecting a surge in cases in mid to late September there will be some requests still in place to ensure the safety of the school community. If parents want to speak to teachers, please contact school office to make an appointment or email you child’s class teacher directly.
 
The process for dropping your children off in the morning and collecting them at the end of the school day will still continue but there have been a slight change in times. There will be no staggered collection times at the end of the day but the one way system will still operate.
If your child does have COVID symptoms they must not attend school.
The new guidance is that if a member of your family does have COVID, if you are double vaccinated or under the age of 18 and 6 months of age, you do not need to isolate. Obviously the person with COVID will have to.
 
September 2021 Arrangements
 
Pupils in Reception – Year 6 will return Monday 6th September. Please note this is NOT an INSET Day.
 
The INSET DAYS for the coming academic year are:
Friday 28th January
Friday 25th March
Friday 17th June
 
Nursery Children WILL NOT return to school until Friday 10th September for their induction day.
 
Reception children start on Monday 6th September, parents will have received your packs from Mrs Barker. Please note that children are NOT in full days, only half days up until Thursday 9th September. The Reception children will NOT ATTEND school Friday 10th September but will return Monday 13th September for their full time sessions.
 
Unless Government Guidance changes the following procedures will be in place at school.
 
Gates will open at the beginning of the school for Year 1 – Year 6 at the start of the school day at 8.45am and close at 8.55am. All children to be dropped off at the Gresford Street gate and will make their own way to the classrooms. There will be staff to guide them, especially for our Year 1 children as this system will be new to them. This is the same system as we have done over the last academic year, it means parents can just ‘drop and go’ and it relieves congestion on our streets around the school. The gates will shut promptly at 8.55am, please make sure your children are in on time.
 
At the end of the school day, the one way system will stay in operation. Gates will open at 3.10pm, parents are requested to wait on the path, collect their children and follow the one way system that is already in place. If you have younger children in Nursery/Reception, please collect your OLDER children first and then make your way round to the Foundation stage gates. Please note, depending on the Government Guidance and the recent rise in cases, staggered dismissal times may have to be put back in place.
 
Uniform – children are still requested to follow the school’s policy for uniform. Please note, no shaved designs are allowed on hair and if parents chose to allow their children to wear trainers as part of their uniform, trainers must be ALL BLACK- WITH NO splashes of colour.
 
When classes have PE, children can still come to school wearing their PE kits on their designated PE days.
For those children who pay for their school dinners, the cost remains the same at £2.20 per day. Those children who have moved into Year 3, if they are not entitled to Free School Meals will now have to pay for a lunch.
 
I hope you all have a lovely summer holiday, let’s hope the weather is good to us. Thank you all again for your support over what has been a very difficult time. We will see you back on Monday 6th September if there are any changes to procedures and plans put in place we will contact you through Stanhope Primary’s Facebook page with the details.
 
The school office will open at 7.30am on Monday 6th September 2021.
 
Many thanks
 
Mrs L A Martin