• St. Joseph's

Letter to Parents - September Reopening

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

16 July 2020

letter to parents - reopening
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Dear Parent/Carer

Good news! We are opening to all children in September and attendance will be once again compulsory although I am sure you are ready for them to be back in school. School uniform is to be worn.

I am writing to share with you the arrangements we are implementing to ensure the safety of all staff, pupils and visitors to the school. These arrangements have been put into place following a robust risk assessment process.

Maintaining a safe school environment

We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of corona virus transmitting within our setting.

Some of the steps in place for September are:

  • Asking that anyone who is displaying corona virus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend school. That includes children and staff who work here.

  • If you think your child may have been exposed to or has corona virus, please contact the school on 01429 272747 as soon as possible.

  • Keeping our children in class groups with as much consistent staffing as possible, and minimising contact with other groups around the setting.

  • Playtime and lunchtime outdoor play will be in allocated areas and only with children in their class

  • Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household.

  • Parents to enter school only by prior arrangement. Telephone meetings will be used whenever possible.

  • If you need to speak to a teacher at the end of the day please wait until they have no children with them please keep a 2 m distance.

  • Children only to bring in essential things into school. No home pencil cases or stationary to be used in school.

  • Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of hand-washing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap in the following circumstances:

  • Before leaving home

  • On arrival at school (hand sanitiser) followed by hand-washing once all children are in school

  • After using the toilet

  • Before and after breaks and sporting activities

  • Before eating any food, including snacks

  • Before leaving school

  • Set resources for each child so that ‘shared’ resources are kept to a minimum.

  • Regular cleaning of shared resources.

  • Children to bring in their own water bottle as water fountains will not be in use.

  • Displaying corona virus infection control measures information posters around the school.

  • Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their mouth and nose with a tissue before they cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue away - ‘catch it, bin it, kill it.

  • Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual

  • Informing parents if someone becomes unwell, isolating any unwell people in a separate room, and providing a separate bathroom, where possible. Recommend to parents that they refer to NHS guidance (such as calling 111)


All children who are attending a childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario. The aim is to enable children to get back to childcare, and their parents or carers not to need to self-isolate any longer than is necessary, if the test proves to be negative. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect other children and staff in their setting. We ask all parents and carers to ensure they organise a test for their child, in the event that they develop coronavirus symptoms, and notify us immediately of a positive test. Further guidance is available about getting tested

As per the current NHS and government advice, Children, (including siblings or other members of the household) or staff should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days, their fellow household members should isolate for 14 days.

Staff and pupils will be advised to order a test immediately at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or call 119

Results: if the test is positive, staff and pupils must complete the remainder of the self-isolation period

If the test is negative then the staff and pupils can return to school after 7 days after symptoms have started and or when symptoms resolve and the temperature returns to normal for 2 days

Parents will be informed if there is a positive case in school and school will follow Public health England advice in our response.

Arrangements for the start and end of the school day

The beginning and end of the school day are the busiest times for children and adults congregating together in one place, so maintaining safe distances within normal arrangements can be a challenge. We have implemented the following measures for when pupils return to school:

  • We encourage pupils to walk or cycle to school if possible and avoid public transport where possible and at peak times.

  • Only 1 parent / carer to drop children off

  • The times for dropping off and picking up pupils will be staggered for each year group

Support for pupils and families

We do not underestimate how difficult recent weeks have been for us all and we all will have been touched in some way by the corona virus pandemic. We recognise the need to focus on pupils’ emotional well-being as well as their return to learning. There will be support in place for pupils once they return to school, if they need it.

I hope that these arrangements provide you with the information you need to support your child’s return to school. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for supporting our school over recent months and supporting your child with their home learning.

Yours sincerely

Mrs R Williams