Returning to school – Monday 8th March

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021 we are pleased to confirm that St Matthew’s Primary School will fully reopen to all pupils on Monday 8th March 2021. Remote learning will continue until this date. At some points over the rest of this week and next, your child’s teacher may not be available online, as they will be spending some time planning and preparing for the full return.

The school day will continue to run as it did from September to December. All arrangements for drop off and collection times and gates will be exactly as they were. Please see the map below for a reminder of times and gates.

We will be continuing with our very strict systems and procedures in school. Our recent Ofsted inspection team recognised the effectiveness of the safety measures we have in place. These include but are not limited to:

● Children remaining in class bubbles and only mixing within this strict group
● Set times and places for each bubble to play outside, without mixing
● Limited adults mixing with each bubble
● Enhanced ventilation in all rooms
● All staff and children washing hands and sanitising frequently
● Children taught about hygiene and encouraged to catch coughs and sneezes
● Strict cleaning procedures in place
● Staff trained in how to respond appropriately if a child develops symptoms
● Staff having access to rapid testing for themselves at home x 2 per week
● Staff wearing masks in communal areas and at drop off and pick up times

All risk assessments will be reviewed and amended where necessary.

We would like to urge parents to only queue to drop or collect children at the set times. If you arrive early, please stand in a place that does not block the narrow pavements. Please also ensure that you socially distance from others and that you wear a face covering unless exempt.

To continue to protect our community, please look out for the three main symptoms and isolate if anyone in the household exhibits one of these.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

If we receive a positive test result from a child or a member of staff, parents of the bubble involved will be notified. Pupils and adults in the bubble will need to isolate for 10 days after the date of contact. We will liaise with Public Health England and inform anyone who needs to isolate promptly.

Around the Clock Breakfast and After School Club will be open shortly for a small number of bookings for families that have used this service between September and December 2020. Please talk to your child’s teacher, phone school or email if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming your child back and seeing you all again soon. As always, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

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