March 23rd 2020
As you are aware, the guidance from the DFE is that schools need to remain as safe places for the children of our critical workers. The fewer children that are in the school the lower the risk of the virus spreading and infecting vulnerable individuals in wider society. Please therefore only send your child to school for sessions when it is essential for you to do so.
We already have a number of teaching and support staff who are self-isolating in the short or long term for a range of reasons.
If your child is attending breakfast club for one or more mornings a week, it is essential that you notify the school office, using the form sent out last week, so that I know exactly the maximum number of children attending any session. Please can children who are attending breakfast club enter via the main entrance from tomorrow rather than the Key Stage 2 gate as I already have limited breakfast club staff. The children will have sufficient food but it will be a more limited menu. The Key Stage 2 gate will open at 8:40am, children only to come onto the playground. Please maintain social distancing when waiting outside the gate. The gate will open at 3:05pm each day for parents to come into the playground to collect their children. Please can all parents respect the 2 metres apart distance rule when on the playground.
From tomorrow children can come into school in casual clothes, suitably dressed for sporting activities which will take place each afternoon. Children can wear daps or trainers. As a precaution please wash any clothes that they have worn to school before sending them back into school wearing the same clothes.
I am doing my upmost to ensure that I have appropriate staffing levels for St Mark’s to be able to be open during the Easter break. Members of staff have already kindly volunteered to reallocate their two week holiday entitlement to weeks during term time, in order to enable our critical workers to keep working. Please can you complete the form below and return to the school office ideally by Wednesday 25th March 2020.
Please ensure that your child comes in with a warm coat as they will be eating outside wherever possible and we will ensure they get plenty of fresh air. Please provide your children with a packed lunch each day until further notice. Children will be required to continue to wash their hands on a regular basis as per guidance.
It is very humbling working alongside such a committed staff who are dedicated to supporting and caring for the children of our keyworkers. Thank you to each and every one of you who are working under extreme pressure within the NHS, caring for people during their greatest hours of need. Thank you also to those of you who are keyworkers helping in a wide range of ways to keep our country operating during these unprecedented times.
Keep safe and well.
Mrs H Bath
Mrs H Bath