24th August update
24 August 2020 (by admin)
Update: 24th August 2020
Many things have changed recently in education, and we all will have a little worries about starting back on 7th September. At Anderton Park we were lucky to be able to have all classes back from June and therefore we have had a really good practise at social distancing, using sanitiser, staying in our bubbles, working outside and all other aspects of keeping us safe as we can during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all, therefore, well-rehearsed and confident about opening back up in September for all of our children .
We have very well-experienced staff throughout school who have our children’s wellbeing at the heart of all they do.
We have over 65 hand sanitiser units throughout the school and children are involved in cleaning their desks, backs of chairs, taps and locks that they have touched in the toilets throughout the day with the help of their teachers . All staff have emergency PPE equipment, should they need it and 48 members of our staff on now fully trained in Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work .
The governors and I agreed that we would need four days in the first week to get school ready for opening on the 7th of September. On the 1st of September all staff will return to school and we have four full days of training and preparation for the children’s return, giving us plenty of time to update our risk assessment to include recent government guidance or changes and prepare all areas of school.
It is completely natural to have some worries about returning to school , if you have not already done so, or if you are new to Anderton park but please be reassured that we have done everything we can to make it as safe and comfortable as possible for all of us . If your precious little one is starting school in Nursery or Reception for the first time, it is still a very exciting, new experience for them and we will make it relaxing and memorable. It was great to hear Professor Chris Witty speak on 23rd August of how he regards children coming back to school as safe. The government advisor’s words were a comfort to me as head teacher and I'm sure to you as families .
Please give us a call if you have any questions at all and we will help in any way we can. Staff are in school on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of September and can help with any questions.
Thank you for doing all you have at home during lockdown and the summer holidays to help your children understand about COVID and for helping them with reading and other work. Every conversation you have with them is helping them learn about the world around them. We really noticed how the children who came back in June were full of life and had definitely not slipped back in their work. We could really see how much help families had clearly been giving them.
We are really looking forward to seeing everyone and our new little ones from the 7th of September, we will send out more guidance next week on where classes will enter and leave school. Reception and nursery children will have had a letter in the post with their start date and time but please feel free to call school to check if you need to.
Please do not worry about starting school again in September - we will do everything in our power to make it a happy, calm and positive experience.
Anderton Park Primary School