As we approach the beginning of a new academic year, I just wanted to write out to you all with a reminder of start times and procedures and give you an update on government guidelines.

In order to minimise parental contact, our drop off and pick up times will remain staggered. KS2 children will arrive at 8.45am and leave at 3.20pm and KS1 children will arrive at 8.55am and leave at 3.30pm. Please queue as directed, signs will be displayed outside of school to help with this. Please bring all siblings at the earlier time and collect at the later time. Please can parents promptly move away from school to facilitate social distancing. 

As our numbers are small we are able to operate safely as one bubble. Our hygiene regime will remain unchanged with regular handwashing and cleaning of equipment and our children will be seated in rows  with all children facing the front. Children should attend school in school uniform which should be washed regularly and should bring PE kit to change into on their PE days. Bookbags can now be brought to school and reading books will be able to be sent home, but not library books as they are not essential to education, arguably.

Children will be able to take part in assemblies, but will not be permitted to sing at this time. Likewise, whilst lunchtime clubs can resume, one of these will not be recorder club or choir. We know that stringed instrument and keyboard lessons will resume in September, we are currently unsure about brass and woodwind. If you wish your child to take up a music lesson, please contact the music hub through North Yorkshire County Council directly.

Children who were part of the group of 8 keyboard lessons prior to lockdown, will be resuming lessons in September. Mrs Wood will contact you regarding this. 

Our before and after school club will also resume in September. Thank you to those people who have already returned their booking forms. If you would like one sending to you, please contact school admin. 

As you will be aware, the government have reinstated the penalty notice to parents who choose to keep their child/ren off school. They are encouraging parents to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance. 

Our first week back will be an enrichment week focussing on mental health and well-being to enable children to rekindle friendships and settle back into school routines. I feel it is really important school routines return to as normal as possible to provide a stable, consistent environment for them. Whilst inevitably gaps in learning will need to be filled, the government has been very clear that schools should offer a broad and balanced curriculum. With this in mind, certain adjustments to the timetable have been made. 

As always, if you have any questions, please drop me a line. Please remember that school reopens on Tuesday 8th September. I look forward to seeing you all then.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Lisa