Information for Families: 5.3.21

Thank you for all your patience and hard work over the last 7 weeks. It has been a mammoth effort on everyone’s part to navigate our way through, but we’ve made it. I have no doubt we will look back at these times and marvel at our capacity to keep going in the face of such adversity.

I know we are all delighted that school will be open to all our children from Monday. As we re-open, it is critical that we all do our bit in ensuring that we do not contribute to any rise in infection rates. With more community contact in school and at the gates, we want to minimise any rise in local figures and keep all bubbles open.

COVID Update

More great news!! Lewisham’s COVID figures continue to improve as we head towards re-opening on Monday morning.  The local infection rate is now 37.6, with the R rate between 0.6 – 0.8.

Re-opening Information

Please make sure that you read the booklet below before your child returns to school on Monday. We have updated our risk assessments and issued new guidance to staff and families. Whilst much of this remains the same, it has been 11 weeks since the majority of you and the children were in school and we need to refresh everyone’s memory of our routines and procedures.

Updated Handbook for Parents

Key Points for Families

Symptoms

If anyone in your household becomes unwell with:

  • a new and persistent cough or;
  • a high temperature, or;
  • has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell;

 you must stay at home and not come to the school.

 If in doubt, keep your child at home and discuss any associated symptoms with us – loss of appetite, diarrhea, extreme tiredness, headaches, joint pain/muscle ache, runny nose, sore throat or sneezing.

 Drop off/Pick up

Be on time and ALWAYS wear a mask at the gate (unless you are exempt).

Keep your children with you and stay 2m apart from other families – avoid gathering for a chat.

Once you have dropped off your child, please cross the road and go.

If you are running late, you will need to phone the school and arrange an alternative time to drop off your child. You will not be able to just arrive at a later time with your child.

If your child is wearing a face mask to school, you must provide a re-sealable plastic bag to store the mask during the day.

 

PLEASE NOTE YEAR 3 DROP OFF IS NOW 9.10 – 9.20am AND YEAR 5 IS NOW 9- 9.10am.

ALL OTHER YEAR GROUPS REMAIN THE SAME (A reminder of times are included in the attached information booklet)

 

Water bottle

Make sure your child brings a named water bottle which can be refilled in school.

Bringing things to school

Please ensure that your child(ren) are only bringing essential items into school.

There will be a real temptation as more people get vaccinated and the weather improves, to ‘get back to normal’. This cannot happen soon enough, but I urge you all to please continue to follow the rules and not meet up outside of school in groups beyond the restrictions. I have included the most current restrictions and the changes scheduled for the 29th for your convenience.

From 8th March

You can 

  • Meet outside for recreation or exercise with your household, support bubble or one other person. This means you can now go for a picnic or a coffee outside. 
  • Return to the classroom. Schools and colleges are open for all students again. 
  • Use wraparound childcare if needed for work, learning or appointments. 
  • Become a named visitor to someone in a care home. 

You still cannot

  • Leave your home unless it is for a legally permitted reason.  You must continue to stay at home as much as possible. 
  • Meet up with more than one person outside that you don’t live with or who is in your support bubble.  
  • Meet up with anyone indoors that is not in your household or support bubble. 

From 29th March (at the earliest)

 You can

  • Meet up with others outside as a group of six (rule of six) or as two whole households. You can meet in public places like a park and in private gardens.   
  • Take part in outdoor sports or use outdoor leisure facilities.  For example, this means you can play tennis, basketball and use outdoor swimming pools.     
  • Attend a parent and child group of up to 15 people outdoors.

You still cannot

  • Travel outside your local area or go on holiday.  
  • Mix with others indoors that you don’t live or aren’t in your support bubble, including in your home.

School Street

Sadly, despite some work having been completed, I have been informed this week that there has been a bit of a delay with the start of our much awaited closures of both Upper Brockley and Rokeby Rad at the beginning and end of the day. I have been informed that they hope to have them ready for our return after Easter.

MHST Wellbeing Support Line

Our wonderful Lewisham Mental Health Support Team have decided to extend their Lockdown support package for parents/carers who have concerns around their child’s emotional wellbeing.

They will provide a telephone support service where you will be able to speak to a practitioner for wellbeing advice, support and resources for your child. (This is not for any urgent mental health concerns).

To contact them you should email: lewishammhst@slam.nhs.uk and tell them:

– That your child (ren) attends Myatt Garden;

– A contact phone number;

– What you would like advice or support with (for your child).

They will then call you back within one working week of making email contact.

 

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