Welcome back to all of our families and staff after what we hope was a calm and enjoyable Christmas break for you all.
We are looking forward to a calm and productive term, with a couple of events already lined up for the children. We will be holding a Paralympic Sports Week in school so that all of the children have an opportunity to participate in a range of new sporting events and experience different ways of being part of a team.We are also hoping to hold an online book fair so look out for information coming out in the next week or two. This is in additional to a visiting author who will be able to talk to the children directly, explaining hos reading and writing empowers him and can in turn motivate the children with their learning and enjoyment. Following MTFC after school club for our older children in the autumn term, this term will see the opportunity for our year 1 and year 2 children to take part in the Mansfield Town after school club each week.
As with all things national and related to the pandemic, we are trying to ensure that all of our children and adults in the local and school community are kept as safe and well as possible, though we know that there may be an impact on everyone as staff and pupil absences take hold in the coming weeks. We will continue to do everything we can to keep all classes running, though in the short term it may mean that not all planned interventions or planned staff are in the same areas they should be. We think it's really important that the children are taught by familiar adults and unfortunately every school is in the same position so trying to get supply teachers or staff is proving to be tricky! The new school risk assessment, along with the government document What parents and carers need to know' is available on our school website: KEY INFORMATION - COVID UPDATES 2021-2022.
As in the Autumn term, if your child presents with a temperature, cough or loss of taste / small, then please do not send your child to school - book a PCR test and do not send your child back to school until the results have been received, if the results are negative. In line with national guidance, daily lateral flow tests should then be taken on day 6 and day 7 and if there is no temperature and these Lateral Flow Test results are negative, children can return to school on day 8. If the Lateral flow tests are positive on day 6 and day 7, then children will need to complete the 10 days isolation period.
Should we be notified of a positive case within your child's class, then you will be informed via email and directed that if your child MAY be a close contact (as children are able to continue mixing at playtimes and lunchtimes and in the classroom with their friends) that your child should undertake daily lateral flow tests for a period of 7 days.
In order to further reduce mixing of children, without moving to strict bubbles as we had last year, we are directing that children and adults should not arrive on site early in the morning (before 8:50am). The gates will open for children to enter school at 8:50 and will remain open until 9:00 when school will start. Please do not drop children off early to wait outside the front of school as they will mix with other children and adults from different year groups and this is an area of concern. School does NOT start at 8:50, it starts at 9:00 and the gates are open at 8:50 to ensure that there are not groups of children or adults congregating before this time. Thank you for your support in this.