News and Updates

The final countdown...

Dear Parents & Carers,

With only one week left until the start of the new term, I am able to update parents our plans for Autumn Term. Everyone at Stow Heath continues to work hard to implement this new guidance in order to ensure that all of our children can be safely welcomed back to school next Wednesday. Some of the information below will not be new to parents as some bullet points were detailed in previous updates.

  • School is closed to all pupils on Tuesday 1st September so that staff can be briefed and safely walked through the new operating processes and risk assessments as things have changed over the course of the summer holidays.

  • School has condensed period of break & lunchtimes in order to retain the same amount of teaching time and allow for staggered start and finish times to the school day to limit the foot traffic around school site.

  • Staggered break times and lunch times will ensure that year group bubbles do not mix.

  • As yet, there has been no change to the guidance related to the wearing of face masks in school and from news reports this week, it is still very much under consultation with the Government. However school has decided that whilst teachers will not wear face masks whilst teaching in order to bring some normality back into school life, staff who will be on the entrance & exit points WILL wear masks for these busy periods of the day.

  • School will implement a one way pick up/drop off system around school and parents will be asked not to congregate around school gates. There will be teething issues over the first few days and we appreciate your full cooperation in getting children in and out of school safely.

  • Appointments to speak to class teachers and leaders have to be made via the school office and will be conducted by telephone for the time being. In order to minimise risk, parents/ carers are not allowed into school without prior notice.

  • All pupils must wear full school uniform when they return to school in September.

  • All classrooms have been set up so that pupils can sit in rows, facing forwards, with the exception of EYFS where carpet spots will be used. Teachers to maintain social distancing at the front of each class

  • Pupils will not be allowed to bring in anything from home other than school bags which contain PE Kits, water bottles and lunchboxes. No pencil cases will be permitted. You will be informed during the 1st week what day your child’s PE lesson will be on.

  • No Reading books will be sent home during this time. Alternative resources to support home reading will be sent out for the time being.

  • Breakfast club & After school clubs will resume in the Autumn Term but not for the first two weeks; this provision will not recommence until 14.09.2020 at the earliest as our main priority is establishing routines in school. More information about this will be available during the week commencing 07/09/2020.

  • Rockets+1 children who usually transition back into their mainstream class for the afternoon session will not be able to do so for the time being. All pupils must remain in the same bubble during their time in school.

  • School educational visits will not resume at this stage, although this will remain under review and further updates will be given as we head into Autumn Term.

  • Minimise contact with anyone who is unwell and ensure that anyone with symptoms, or if anyone in their household has symptoms, does not attend school

  • Parents/ carers should inform school immediately of any test results and adhere to latest Government guidance

  • Shielding advice ended on 1st August for all adults and children and so we are expecting all staff and pupils to return.

  • Continued regular and thorough handwashing and promote good respiratory hygiene through the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach

  • Continue with enhanced and regular cleaning regimes. School has given additional hours to cleaning staff so that school can be cleaned thoughout the day.

The plans for opening are:

On Tuesday, images will be shared on our school website and Facebook page to show parents exactly where they need to go. In order to ensure everyone remains safe, it is really important that parents arrive at school on time for their designated drop off and pick up and do not gather in groups to chat, particularly around the gate areas as these areas are likely to be quite busy during pick up & drop points. We hope that parents will support us in practising social distancing measures where possible (on & off site)

In the meantime, we hope you remain safe and well, enjoy the summer break and I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone back into school next week

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Scoffham