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Welcome to all of our new parents, whose children will be joining us in September 2020.
During this period of school closure, we are unsure as to when we will be able to welcome you and your child in person and so we have set up this section on our website which will be dedicated to providing you with up to date information around the ongoing situation with school closure, information about preparing your child for September and also introductions to our staff and our learning environment.
If you do have any questions of queries that are not answered here, please contact Mrs Dunne (Head teacher) or Mrs Hale (Early Years Leader) at school on 01706 369340 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child has special education needs which you would like to discuss, then our SENCo is Mrs Russell and she too can be contacted in this way.
We hope you find this information useful and we hope to do all we can to support both yourselves, but more importantly your children as they prepare to start school with us in September .
LETTER FROM THE HEAD TEACHER 7TH JULY 2020 - a personalised copy of this letter will be emailed to each parent and will detail the children's class for next year and their class teacher and also the information about the children's start in September.
If you do not receive this email by the 8th July, please contact the school office.
The letter references an electronic form which can be accessed via a link - this link will be within the email sent out to individual parents - again if you are struggling with this or do not receive it before 8th July, please contact the school office.
Tuesday 7th July 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
It is with great pleasure that I write to you at last with what we hope will be the plan for your child starting school with us in September 2020. Our first day of term is Thursday 3rd September and our plan is for your child to attend school from this day, with the first two weeks being on a part time basis.
July School Visit - as I have mentioned in previous correspondence, we have not been able to arrange our usual Parent Meetings or a visit for the children. However, next week we would like to invite you and your child for a visit so that you can both meet the teachers and also see the classroom environment - both inside and out. This visit will be quite different to our normal event and will be in keeping with government and Public Health England guidance around social distancing and infection control, but we felt that it was very important to try and do something for the children to ease their transition in to school in September.
The visit therefore will consist of us meeting with groups of six parents and six children at a time and taking the group on a quick school tour! We will walk you and your child from the car park and along the route that you will take in September around to the Early Years Unit entrance. We will then have a look around the outside environment and then head in to the classrooms and have a walk through these. Finally we will take a route which covers other areas such as the hall that your child will be using a lot from September before heading back to the car park where there will be a short time for questions. The class teachers will be with you throughout so the children can meet them and spend this short time with them.
The dates for this visit will be next week - Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th July, between 1pm and 2.30pm. We will send you an electronic form with a date and a time upon it and ask you to complete the form to indicate if you will be attending or not. The link to the form will be within the email that contains this letter. If you are unsure, please contact the school office. There will be a an option to try to arrange for a different time, but these will be limited due to current restrictions here at school, so if you can try and attend at the date and time given, we would be very grateful.
September 2020: your child will start school on Thursday 3rd September and will attend school part time (am or pm) until Thursday 17th September. From Thursday 17th September all of the children will attend school on a full time basis.
In September, your child will be in Class * with our class teacher ** **.
The times that your child will attend during the first two weeks on a part time schooling are detailed below. We have provided every child with the same opportunity of a week of mornings and a week of afternoons. For the final two days before they start full time, they will also have their lunch here at school. We thank you for your co-operation with these arrangements, we understand how difficult it is for families when the children are part-time, however we believe that this is in the best interest of all of the children following the difficult period we have all experienced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE BELOW WILL VARY AND INDIVIDUAL EMAILS HAVE BEEN SENT TO PARENTS
Thursday 3rd September to Wednesday 9th September - your child will attend school in the mornings, 8.40 to 11.30.
Thursday 10th September to Monday 14th September - your child will attend school in the afternoons 1.00 to 3.15p.m.
Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September - your child will attend school in the afternoon but come a little earlier and have their lunch with us, 12.40 - 3.15p.m.
Your child will need to wear school uniform every day to school. Details of this are on the school website. The only item that they need to bring with them is a water bottle, which must contain only water (no juice please) and must have their name clearly labelled upon it. Every child is provided with a book bag once they are full time in school, this is a gift from us to all children, so there is no need for you to buy one.
If you have any questions or queries about September, please contact the school office via email or telephone via the details above. We will be posting updates and information on the school web site within the Parents - New Intake 2020 section, so please do check this regularly. We are so pleased to be able to welcome the children from September and to meet all of you and welcome you properly in to our school community. It has been a strange and difficult start to your child’s transition in to school, but we look forward to putting this behind us and starting what we hope will be seven fabulous years of working together to support your child as they grown and learn.
Mrs C Dunne
SEPTEMBER OPENING UPDATE - 6TH JULY 2020
Following the release of the government guidance last week, I can now confirm that we will (as long as there are no further changes) now be opening for all pupils in September. We will be working as hard as we can to work out the finer detail of how this will 'look' for our new Reception children. I can confirm that the children will start with us on Thursday 3rd September and that for the first two weeks (at least) they will be attending school on a part time basis. This will be either mornings or afternoons. We will write to you as soon as possible with the full details. Please keep checking the website for updates.
Mrs C Dunne
September Opening Letter
Monday 22nd June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am sure that you are all aware that the government has announced its plans to open all schools for all pupils from September 2020. This of course is a huge relief to us at school as we want nothing more than to open to all pupils as soon as it is safe to do so. However, I am writing to you today, to let you know that we will not be able to provide further details of when the Reception children will start until the government has released its guidance, which is expected in the next two weeks.
Our Reception children will not be treated any differently to our other children, in that if we have the ‘go ahead’ to open from Thursday 3rd September in line with our holiday pattern for the next academic year, then this is what we will do.
With our Reception classes, we always phase them in for the first two weeks in small groups. Usually the children do 3 mornings and 3 afternoons (for the final 3 of these, they have their lunch with us too), prior to starting full time. With the situation as it is currently, I imagine that we will be required to extend this period a little more than we would normally, so it may be that your child is accessing school on a part-time basis until Thursday 17th September. This will be on a morning and afternoon basis, with all children in every day just not for full days. Please be aware though, that this could change and as I have mentioned is completely reliant upon the new government guidance.
We have been busy putting information on to our school website for you, so if you haven’t already please take a look. Go to the ‘Parents’ tab and then the first link on the drop down menu is ‘New Intake Parents 2020 - information’. Here you will find powerpoint detailing the running of the school day, uniform etc and there is also a ‘Meet the EY Team’ presentation that you can share with your child.
When the children start school they will be required to wear uniform, they will not however be required to have a P.E. kit. They will only require a P.E. after the Easter holidays, so please do not purchase one or send one in to school until then. Also, please do not buy any book bags or rucksacks / school bags. We will not be allowing the children to use anything other than our school book bags and we provide EVERY child with one of these as a welcome gift, so please save your money.
Letters, which detail your child’s class allocation and the name of their class teacher, will be emailed to you in the next few weeks and I will also write again as soon as I have the full details about start date and timings for the first few weeks in September.
We are currently open to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils, plus our Priority Group children and to be able to adhere to government guidance we have had to put in place many measures to support infection control, social distancing and hygiene. It may be that some of these measures will still be in place in September and so if you wish to familiarise yourself with how we are currently running the school please read the letters detailing these measures which are also on our website. These letters can be found at - https://www.stjosephsrcprimary.rochdale.sch.uk/school-closure-information-23rd-march-2020-onwards/
The document titled School Opening page 2 has the most detail.
If you have any further questions, concerns or queries, please contact us via email to the school office.
Mrs C Dunne
We are hoping to set up very soon an email system so that we can have regular contact with all of our families whose child/ren are due to start with us in September 2020.
Through the application system, the Local Authority have provided school with your email addresses, however if you have changed your email address since the time of application, then we would ask that you contact school as soon as possible and inform us of the email address you would like us to contact you on.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - Cool Cats and Wild Things
Once the Reception children are full time then they can access our before and after school club. Cool Cats is open from 7.30 a.m. in the morning and runs until 5.30 p.m. in the evening.
Parents should have received an information leaflet in the admissions pack that was delivered to homes in May. If you require regular use of Cool Cats then when you child starts with us in September, you will be able to collect a Cool Cats Contract from the school office and fill it in to let us know when you require this provision and how you will be paying for it. We do not take cash on the school site, so payment must be via BACs transfer, direct debit, standing order or a childcare voucher scheme. The full details will be within the information pack.
If you wish to discuss Cool Cats provision prior to September, please contact our school business manager, Hayley Clarke, via the school office on 01706 369340.