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Newsletter 2 [Friday 11th September]

Dear Parents/Carers

 

We’ve completed our first whole week back at school – your children have been wonderful – they have settled into our routines seamlessly.

 

Next week sees our two reception classes (Red & Blue) begin full time, they have found their feet during their half day visits this week & are raring to go – mind you after an exciting full day at Woodlands I won’t be surprised if some of them fall asleep while eating their tea!

 

Our nursery children will be coming to school for their regular hours from Monday too; they are relishing being part of a larger group – lots of friends to play with & to explore the nursery classroom & outdoor environment.

 

I’ve held a couple of whole school Zoom assemblies this week which, once I’d overcome my technical ineptitude, went well – it’s nice for the children to remember that they are part of something bigger than their phase bubble – WE ARE WOODLANDS! We even managed to hold our Star of the Week ‘remotely’ today – it was lovely to see the looks on the children’s faces who became ‘Stars’ for the first time this academic year.

 

You may have seen in the press or on social media that several Sefton schools have had to send classes/bubbles home due to children/staff being diagnosed with COVID-19. Unfortunately, this is something that looks inevitable for schools no matter how ‘covid-secure’ they are. I would like to reassure you that we our following guidance from the Department for Education, Public Health England, Sefton Local Authority, etc. & are doing all we can to keep your children safe in school. The most important procedures we follow are around hand hygiene & respiratory hygiene: washing/sanitising hands, ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’, etc.

 

If a positive diagnosis is does occur in a pupil or staff member we will contact Public Health; they will carry out a ‘risk assessment’ with us before deciding which other children & adults will need to self-isolate. We would then contact the parents/carers of children involved. The risk assessment for sending people home is based on direct contact with the confirmed case - so the staff and pupils in that class need to go home, but not anyone else those staff and pupils have had other contact with.  Therefore their siblings are to remain in school and other members of their household can continue their normal, everyday activities. Only the household of the confirmed case needs to self-isolate.  Not even all the staff have to go home if they are certain they have not been within 2 metres of the confirmed case, face-to-face for at least 15minutes. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis – there cannot be a ‘one-size fits all’ approach to this.

 

I mentioned last week, that at this time of year, we’d normally be holding ‘parent information evenings’. Instead, we will be sending a summary of the information home – this will be sent home early next week & posted on the Class Pages of our website too.

 

No final decisions have been made on how we will hold our parents evenings later this term, but we are leaning towards using Zoom (other video communication platforms are available). Things may change though – we’ll let you know as soon as we do!

 

Just a couple of reminders to finish with:

  • Please send dinner money [Year 3 – Year 6] in with your child each Monday – we are trying to cut down the number of visits to our school office.
  • Please can only one parent/adult accompany children on to the school site at drop-off & pick-up – the more we can practice good social distancing the better it is for us all.

 

Have a great weekend,

KD Williams

Headteacher

Last word

I’d never go on a date with an apostrophe

They’re too possessive…

 


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