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Sunday 22nd March

Dear Parents & Carers,

Procedures for eligible pupils:

For those of you with children who are eligible to attend school I need to explain to you the measures we are taking to observe social distancing here at school. Please talk gently and explain each point to your child before they come in so they understand that things will look and feel a little different from tomorrow. We will make sure your child laughs, sings, dances, plays and takes part in some innovative learning with plenty of down-time in between learning whilst they are with us. We will make sure they are safe and feel safe.


Measures we ask you to take if your child is coming into school:

  • Make sure your child has a shower and washes hands before leaving the house
  • Please make sure your child’s long hair is completely tied back
  • Please dress your child in a long sleeved top and long trousers and sensible shoes for playtimes
  • Please do not send anything into school with your child apart from a lunch box (unless we are providing free lunch for them) and water bottle. No bags, please
  • Please wait outside the school gate in front of the office for pick-up and drop-off
  • Your child can walk into the Nursery before 9, or the main front door to the school from 9am onwards, there will be a member of staff there to meet your child, do not come up to the door with them, please
  • When you take your child home, please wash their clothes and let them shower as soon as they get in
  • Please let us know as soon as you know if your shift patterns are going to change


Measures we will be taking here at school:

  • Children will be provided with their own stationery, and iPad
  • Children will sit on separate tables with space between them
  • Children will be given their own equipment to play with outside and this will not be shared
  • Children will not be able to touch each other (holding hands etc.)
  • All staff and children will follow the same hand-washing rules as before
  • We will teach the children gently about the social distancing measures
  • If your child forgets any of the social distancing rules, we will be kind and remind, they will never, ever get into trouble for forgetting, because all this goes against human nature, mistakes are inevitable and not your child’s fault


Facebook: We will be live-streaming from the school as part of our learning and would like eligible pupils to take part in this if they are in school. If you would like your child to take part, this will only be permitted if you email to tell us you are happy for your child to take part. Please email us before Tuesday with permission, even if your child is not coming in at the start of the week. Please email us if you would like support with any aspect of your child’s home learning and we will release short video tutorials to explain how to approach a skill.


Free school meals: These will be available from the table outside the school office from 12:30-1pm only. Please help yourself, all bags contain exactly the same meal, so only handle the bag(s) you are taking


School enquiries: Please make enquiries via telephone and email. Please do not come to the school in person unless you have contacted the school and this has been agreed in advance.




Remember, eligible children and key workers may be carrying the virus and we do not want to spread this into the school community or the school key workers’ communities, so it is vital we all follow the measures outlined above to avoid unnecessary spread.

Many thanks for all your support with keeping everyone safe, together we can beat this!

Yours sincerely,

Ro Roberts

We take the health, safety and wellbeing of all our staff and children seriously.  As such we are monitoring and acting on government issued advice concerning managing the coronavirus within education settings. All the schools within our Trust are ready to take appropriate and coordinated action if it's required.

Several cases have been confirmed within the South West and 5 confirmed cases in Somerset. The advice is for everyone to follow basic hygiene measures, including frequent handwashing.  If anyone suspects they might have contracted coronavirus, they are advised to self-isolate and contact NHS 111.  They should not attend a hospital, doctors surgery or other medical setting.

We will be monitoring the situation and updating our advice and information on a regular basis.

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Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

The DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

  • No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19.

Coronavirus Letter March 2020