Return to School 8th March 2021
As part of the Government’s roadmap to ending the current lockdown, schools in England have been asked to resume face to face teaching for all pupils in all year groups from Monday 8th March.
I speak on behalf of all staff at Lark Rise when I say we are thoroughly looking forward to seeing the children return to school next month.
Until Monday 8th March, children will remain at home for remote learning apart from those children already in school (key worker or vulnerable children). I would like to thank all our children and parents/carers for the resilience you have shown to home schooling since we closed. I understand how difficult home learning can be but with your support and enthusiasm our children continue to make good progress.
The Government states that ‘school attendance will be mandatory for all pupils from 8 March. The usual rules on school attendance apply, including:
- parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age)
- the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.’
Further information regarding our school protocols will follow in due course but we are envisaging that these will be similar to those we were adhering to in the Autumn term (ie children will be remaining in key stage bubbles). The school’s website and social media channels will also be updated with key information.
Breakfast club will be operating as it was in September (from 8am to the start of the school day). A booking form will be sent out tomorrow for you to book breakfast club places should you need to access this facility. Each breakfast club session will be £4 per child per day.
The Government is clear that any wraparound care at this current time should only be to support working parents who do not have any alternative arrangement, ie we are not currently able to provide our extra-curricular activities where larger groups of children are mixing. Therefore, if you require after school childcare, we are able to offer this to a very limited number of families. This will be in the form of tabletop games and play where children are sat socially distanced in one mixed bubble. This childcare option is available at a cost of £3.50 from the end of the school day to 4.30pm. In addition, we will be able to offer childcare (including a light tea) from 4.30pm to 6.00pm at a cost of £5 per session – again this will be in a mixed bubble with children socially distanced. A booking form for after school care will be sent out tomorrow.
In order to ensure children (and staff)’s safety, and until we are in a position to allow wider mixing across bubbles, we will be unable to resume our normal extra-curricular activities for the children. However we will continue to review this on a regular basis in line with any government changes.
The Government guidance is that primary school children will not have to be tested for coronavirus, however our staff will be continuing with twice weekly testing.
We appreciate your continued support for the school and we hope the full detail of the Government’s roadmap to reopen the country provides you with hope for an increasingly brighter 2021 where we will be able to see much more of our family and friends and do the things we enjoy.
As always, we encourage you to keep monitoring the Government’s advice – the information can be found on the Government website: https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
If you have any immediate questions please contact the school via email@example.com
Science Competition Winners
The Masked Reader
We would like all children in Key stages 1 and 2 to create their own mask and then make a short video of them wearing their mask and reading an extract of a book of their choice.
The children will then be given an opportunity to guess which of their classmates is behind the mask, in their classes or their live well-being sessions with their teacher, on the week beginning 1st March.
This has been set today as an assignment on Google classroom with a due date of Friday 26th February. You will also find a presentation of ideas for masks creations but the possibilities are endless! We are hoping this will be a fun half-term activity for your child. We would love it if everyone could take part in this event, therefore, if you will have difficulty providing some mask-making resources for your child please email the office by 3pm tomorrow (Thursday 11th February), so we can arrange for you to collect some resources on Friday 12th February. The completed videos should be attached to the assignment on Google Classroom
We cannot wait to see your child's creation and look forward to guessing who is reading behind the masks!
Covid 19 Update
Following the latest Government guidance released on 4th January 2021, school is now closed to all but vulnerable and key worker children. All other children will be completing their learning remotely via Google Classroom.