It’s lovely to have a return to school that is much more ‘normal’ than we have had these past 18 months.
Firstly, thanks so much for your understanding as we have got the new start and end of the day arrangements sorted. Some of your children, and some staff, have never seen the school running as ‘normal’, and it’s been such a long time since anyone has, so thanks for making it such a smooth and successful start.
The children have come back to school with big smiles and a great attitude – both of which we love to see. We’re focusing on making great progress whilst ensuring learning is enjoyable as possible, so there are lots of exciting things to come this year! We have been amazed by the manners of the children too – they are a credit to all of the families that are part of our new Exhall Junior School.
What are the guidelines on keeping everyone as safe as possible in school?
Well, the government has told schools they need to do the following:
1. Ensure good hygiene for everyone
2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes
3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated
4. Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
If your child is ill, please keep them off, and if you think it is Covid related – get them tested if possible.
Children who are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case are no longer required to isolate, but instead are asked to take a full PCR test. There is no longer a requirement to isolate whilst awaiting the results. Unless your child is symptomatic (if they are, they should stay at home), you need to send your child in as normal, even whilst you await test results. Please note that this is very different to the national guidance shared last academic year.
For further information please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
School have been advised to code any children who are well, but do not attend school whilst waiting for a PCR result as unauthorised. The exception to this rule is if they have COVID symptoms, they test positive or are unwell in any other way. The government are very clear that children need to be in school, it is a priority.
We will of course keep up-to-date with any changes and do all we can to do to ensure learning is disrupted as little as possible.
School attendance this week had two classes, A and E on 99%, and well done to class F who managed 100%. This reflects the strong commitment of you as parents and carers to help get children back to school with all the benefits for their learning and development that this brings.
After-school clubs start again for those that have booked – please check with the office if you would like your child to attend.
As part of their History topic about the Ancient Greeks, students in Year 4 and 5 will be taking part in food tasting next week. Please let us know if your child has any allergies that we are not aware of.
Approved PE kit is as follows:
- Plain black or navy blue shorts or skorts.
- Plain white or navy logo round neck t-shirt.
- School jumper or cardigan.
- Plain black or navy tracksuit bottoms.
Please note that we will not be allowing:
- Bright coloured tracksuits/shorts
- Patterned t-shirts
- Football kits
Class A - Monday & Tuesday
Class C - have Forest School on Thursday afternoons during these weeks. They arrive in their normal school uniform.
Class D - Monday & Thursday
Class E - Tuesday & Wednesday
Class F - Wednesday & Friday
Class G - Thursday & Friday
Have a great week, everyone.