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Euston Street Primary School, Belfast
Summer Learning & Support We now have a section of our website dedicated to providing academic support over the summer break. Please engage with both numeracy and literacy over the break to ensure your child is as ready as possible for their next academic year. 
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COVID-19 Updates

Good afternoon everyone

This is a long email so please be patient. I wanted to give you some help by sharing the plan for reopening. The information is very important.

Please remember that this information may change as government guidance changes over the summer (I hope it does!).

If guidance and school reopening plans change, I will inform you by email and the school website/Facebook Page in August.

  • Summer learning
  • School reopening
  • Split week entry
  • Drop off & Pick Up arrangements
  • Blended Learning (online home learning)
  • Lunches and milk
  • Toileting & handwashing
  • Uniform
  • Stationery
  • Anxiety about school reopening
  • After school & other activities
  • Year 7 leavers

I would hope that all pupils will be back to school full time from September, maybe even in a class bubble, but I have to have a plan for now that follows the guidance of 1m social distancing for pupils and 2m for staff, a plan that keeps everyone safe. I cannot get all the pupils and staff into the classrooms safely following this distancing as they are too small. I therefore need to have a split week to begin with. I hope you understand this.

Please read through the 'We Care for You, Steps to Recovery' information leaflet (attached) with your child.

All staff and I will be available for calls and questions from 17th August, as we are in school preparing for reopening.

Summer Learning

Please see the Summer Learning page (attached) for ideas about summer learning. There is also information in the We Care for You leaflet. Given the length of time school has been closed and the summer break, I would very strongly advise that you do at least number facts, spellings, reading etc with your child over the summer. I am aware you have worked very hard with home learning but please dig deep and support some revision over the summer, it will help enormously!

School Reopening. Year 7 pupils return on 24th August

As instructed by the Department of Education, Year 7 pupils will return to school starting Monday 24th August. The Year 6 & 7 teachers will be teaching them fulltime for this week. Other teachers may be teaching them in the afternoons. (If we bubble this will change). The school day will be from 8:45 am to 2 pm.  There will be staggered drop off and pick up arrangements (see below). They will be required to bring a packed lunch or if they receive free school meals they will get a packed lunch provided for them. They should only bring a snack, water bottle and stationery items to school. The stationery items will remain in school once brought in (see below). Full school uniform is expected (see below). They will put into a split week along with all other Year Groups from Tuesday 1st September and will either be in school Monday & Tuesday each week or Thursday & Friday (see below). Remember that this arrangement of a split week may have changed by the time school reopens.

School reopening. All pupils return to school on Tuesday 1st September 2020 (Nursery & Year 1 are different - see below)

All pupils will return to school on Tuesday 1st September 2020. The school day will be as normal.  There will be staggered drop off and pick up arrangements (see below). They will be required to bring a packed lunch or if they receive free school meals they will get a packed lunch provided for them. They should only bring a snack, water bottle and stationery items to school. The stationery items will remain in school once brought in (see below). Full school uniform is expected (see below).

Split week entry

Pupils will put into a split week from Tuesday 1st September and will either be in school Monday & Tuesday each week or Thursday & Friday. Remember that this arrangement of a split week may have changed by the time school reopens. I will arrange the split week with half the class in Monday Tuesday and the other half in Thursday & Friday. I will organise this alphabetically to help parents organising their week. The reminder of the week will be supported by online home learning on Seesaw (see Blended Learning below).

Nursery & Year 1

Nursery & Year 1 will have staggered entry in September. This is totally normal and is nothing to do with social distancing. We have sent you information already about Nursery & Year 1 starts band will send more information in due course.

Drop off and pick up arrangements

In August/September there will be staggered drop off and pick up arrangements via normal doors. Years 2, 4 & 5 between 8:45 and 9 am and Years 3, 6 & 7 between 9 & 9:15 am. (Year 1 & Nursery are different). Year 1 should only use the entrance in the playground marked as Year 1. Parents must be careful to respect social distancing with everyone at all times. Pupils should ideally be left off outside at the school gate. If you need to enter the playground, please remain in the parent white zone on a white circle. When collecting your children please wait outside the school fence until your child is released to you. If you need to enter the playground please remain in the parent white zone on a white circle. If there is no room in the parent zone, please remain outside the fence until a space becomes available. Older pupils permitted to walk home will be released when it is safe to do so. It is vital that pupils are on time for school and that they are collected on time. If you have several children who are at different times and different doors please be patient and follow the arrangements. These arrangements may change in August!

Blended Learning

We will continue to communicate with you about online learning in September. DO NOT FEAR! We will complete nearly all literacy and numeracy learning in school to help pupils recover and to help you manage more easily at home. Home learning activities on Seesaw will be linked to spellings, number facts and reading with some other curricular activities to be spread out over the week. You will not be expected to continue supporting daily learning. We hope this will help. Staff will provide feedback with online learning as required.

Lunches & milk

It is expected that all pupils will bring a packed lunch to school for at least the first 2 weeks when school reopens. If your child is entitled to a free school meals they will receive a packed lunch in their classroom rather than a hot meal until further notice. This is to help with safe distancing and keeping everyone safe. It will also help ensure that pupils get maximum learning time in their classroom. All lunch containers brought into school should be disposable to reduce the risk of infection. Those lunches provided will have disposable containers. Pupils should bring a snack and a water bottle. I am not sure if milk will be delivered at this stage but will keep you informed.

Toileting & Hand washing

Pupils will be expected to have washed hands before arriving at school, when coming into their classroom, before eating and after every toilet visit. Pupils will have specific toilets to use so that if needs be we can trace any infection to a select number of pupils to help with isolation. Classes will visit the toilets during the day to try and reduce the number of individual toilet visits. Please talk to your child about these new routines and expectations (more information is on the We care for You leaflet). If you can provide hand sanitiser with your child please do although each classroom and toilet area will have plenty of soap and each classroom will have hand sanitiser for emergencies.

Uniform

Pupils will be expected to wear full school uniform when school reopens. There is information on the school website about recycled uniform supplies. Ties can be paid for using SchoolMoney. If you need help setting up SchoolMoney please phone the office after 17th August or look on the school website under PARENTS.

Stationery

Pupils should bring some simple stationery items to school when school reopens. The stationery note is the same a previous years and is attached.

Anxiety about school reopening

Some pupils may be feeling a little anxious about school reopening. There are helpful strategies on the wellbeing part of the school website for you to look at and read with your child. If you have any concerns please contact school before next Tuesday or after 17th August. Please read the 'We care for You, Steps to Recovery' leaflet with your child.

After school & other activities

Due to distancing measures there will be no after school activities until further notice when school reopens. There will be no swimming lessons until further notice. Assemblies will be broadcast in classrooms only. There will be no breakfast club for at least the first 2 weeks until we get all the pupils into school and settled (information will follow).

Year 7 leavers celebration

We intend to have Year 7 leavers celebration in August for all our brilliant Year 7 pupils! It would be too constrained to have it now and it probably wouldn't be enjoyable. At this stage it is unlikely that parents will be invited to attend but hopefully this will change if guidance allows it in August! We will email nearer the time about dates and times. It will only be a great event, as it normally is, if everyone is there to see their friends and teachers. I can't wait, as it is one of the events I have been sad to have missed in June!

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS INFOMRATION MAY CHANGE IF GUIDLINES CHANGE! I HOPE THAT RATHER THAN A SPLIT WEEK, ALL PUPILS WILL BE IN FOR SEPTEMBER OR AT LEAST SOON AFTER. IF GUIDANCE DOES CHANGE, I WILL KEEP YOU INFOMRED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER VIA EMAIL, WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK.

Thank you

John Armstrong, staff and Governors

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