Tuesday, 24 August 2021
In true pandemic style, we were unable to finish this academic year as we would have all hoped to do so! However, in good spirit, we look forward to the next academic year, hopeful, that it will deliver a more stable time, where we can truly get back to ‘normality’. I would have preferred to send this letter out at the end of the Summer Term, but previous experience has shown me that things can change overnight, hence waiting for the 16th August which highlighted the next stage of changes… then I thought I would leave it a week, just in case!
The Barming Primary School Team have been looking hard at the areas which we have had to implement due to the pandemic and various guidelines that have been put in place and have decided that we do not want to lose all of them as we feel some help the school run far smoother. Therefore, the following areas will remain the same or be amended slightly due to the restrictions being lifted:
High levels of hygiene.
Children will continue to be reminded to wash hands thoroughly, keep their hands away from their mouths as much as possible and to use hand sanitiser, where necessary e.g. before and after activities where resources have been shared.
Some amendments made.
Children will continue to enter the school as they have been doing so. Drop off points will remain in place:
Yr R: via the side entrance.
Yrs 1 and 2: via the Breakfast and After School Club Door.
Yrs 3 and 4: via the door to the right of the main school office entrance.
Yr 5: Ruben class via the door by Ruben class’ cloakroom / Empire class via the door between Empire class and Mr Laker’s office (door into Empire cloakroom).
Yr 6: Sunrise class via the Year 6 cloakroom door / Russet class via Russet fire exit door.
We will keep the pathways as they are but with a few tweaks:
Years R, 1 and 2 via the left hand side pedestrian gate and Years 3 to 6 via the right hand side pedestrian gate. One way system will not be in full operation e.g. parents do not need to go off site in order to re-join another year group path. Parents can just join another path.
North Street gate can be used by anyone who lives nearer to the North Street Entrance, but please remember social distancing for the time being… we are not out of the woods yet and I know the Government is still unsure what will happen this winter.
Drop off times will remain 8:35am to 8:50am.
Parents to drop and go in order to continue supporting the alleviation of parking issues around the school and will continue to leave through the vehicular access.
Amendment – I (Mr Laker) will cover the North Street gate every Tuesday in order to ensure that I see the majority of parents per week. I will continue to spend more time at the Main Entrance as the majority of our parents use this. If either Miss Rootes or I are not around another member of the SLT will be at one of the gates, so please feel free to find one of us if you have a query or a concern.
Some amendments made.
Pick up times:
Yr R: 3:00pm
Yrs 1 and 2: 3:10pm
Yrs 3, 4, 5 and 6: 3:15pm
Pick up points:
Yr R: outside the Reception Block.
Yrs 1 and 2: top playground (the one with the wooden boat).
Yrs 3 and 4: main carpark / grass area (weather permitting).
Yrs 5 and 6: lower playground with basketball posts.
Children to wear P.E. kit all day on their P.E day.
P.E kit will continue to be worn for the entire day when your child has P.E.
P.E kit needs to be as follows for September 2021:
Oaken Wood (green)
Kettle Bridge (blue)
St Margaret (yellow)
NB: no P.E. uniform should have logos or be of any other colour, except the colours mentioned above. Thank you. Inappropriate P.E. uniform will be challenged by the class teacher.
If any parents have spare P.E. uniform that is no longer required, please donate it to the school. Thank you.
If you have any queries about the above, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are more than happy to discuss this further with you.
Mr C. J. Laker