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Euston Street Primary School, Belfast

Steps to Recovery

Whole School Update 16th March 2021

We are very excited to see all our pupils back in school.

It remains crucial that everyone follows the procedures to ensure that we are all kept safe.

Start and finish times

Please see below for start and finish times from Monday 22nd March 2021

Please be aware that these times are flexible and may change in coming weeks depending on advice from the Education Authority.

Nursery and Years 1, 2 & 3 will use their normal door. Years 4 – 6 will use their normal door and Year 7 will continue to use the front door of the school.

Year Group

Start Time

Monday - Friday

Finish Time

Monday - Thursday

Finish Time

Friday

N

Staggered as arranged

Staggered as arranged

Staggered as arranged

1

8:45 am

1:35 pm

1:35 pm

2

8:50 am

1:40 pm

1:40 pm

3

9 am

2:45 pm Mon & Tuesday

1:45 pm Wed - Friday

1:45 pm

4

8:45 am

2:45 pm

1:45 pm

5

8:50 am

2:45 pm

1:45 pm

6

8:55 am

2:45 pm

1:45 pm

7

9:00 am

2:45 pm

1:45 pm

Drop off and pick up

School gates will be opened at 8:45 am each morning. Please make note of the pick-up times in the table above. Parents should use the most suitable gate for their child as they will not be permitted to walk through the playground. Please avoid congestion at the school gates in the mornings and respect social distancing at all times.

Cars should not be parked on the yellow zig zags or on the pavement near the school gates. Number plates of cars causing obstruction may be passed on to ensure that our pupils are kept safe.

 

 

Parents coming into the playground must remain in the white boxes and social distancing white spots. Pupils who are being collected must be collected on time. It will be very distressing for pupils to be collected late. Pupils who are persistently late may be put on a reduced timetable to reduce the risk posed to others in school. Parents will not be permitted in school at present. Please phone the school.

Pastoral Care and wellbeing

We are very excited about seeing all our pupils again. Please be assured that we will take great care of them once they return to school. We will also take time to help them recover from the extended time away. Please read the ‘We Care for You – Steps to Recovery’ leaflet on the school website for more information. It explains how in the first weeks back to school, your child will be given lots of opportunity to reconnect relationships, share experiences (if they wish to), learn routines, wash hands and go to the toilet as well as revising learning from last year.

One way systems and signs

Please speak to your children to remind them about a one-way walking system that will be used in school corridors (staying on the left). Staff will explain to the pupils in detail once they arrive. There will be signs up in each classroom, corridor and toilet area to remind pupils to wash their hands and respect distancing. These new routines will be explained in detail with pupils on their return. Each class has a designated line up area in the playground to help reduce the spread of infection and maintain the class ‘bubbles’. Pupils will be asked to use these in the mornings if they are early.

Hand washing

Pupils will still be washing their hands several times a day each day to protect them and everyone else in school. Please talk to your child about this routine.

Extended school activities and PE

To reduce the risk of spreading infection there will be no extended school activities including Breakfast Club until further notice.

PE will take place as before. Pupils should come to school in their PE clothing on these days to avoid changing.

Pupils will get daily exercise and fresh air in the school playground. To reduce the need for First Aid, playground running and games may be restricted until further notice. Please speak to your child about the reasons for these changes.

Behaviour

To keep everyone safe it is expected that all pupils will follow the rules, routines and all reasonable instruction. If your child is unable to follow the rules and routines they may be put on a restricted timetable or an alternative until they feel ready to do so.