Stay at home, stay safe, stay in touch-
-your seventh weekly update from Marish Academy Trust.
As we approach what would have been half term, the latest excitement is preparing for the return of pupils from Nursery and Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We are well organised for this because we have been open for the last nine weeks for some children. We have successfully managed to teach and care for them, without any cases of the virus, occurring for either the children here or the 150 or so staff who have been working in rotation.
Guidance from the government is being updated daily so please keep checking online. The latest advice and guidance for parents can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
There is also some helpful guidance for parents about supporting home learning at:
If you intend for your child to attend school from June 1st please confirm this with the staff member who will call you over the next week. Please also complete the online questionnaire, if you haven’t already done so. I have sent a letter out to all the returning year-groups explaining the arrangements in place for your child’s safety and well-being. This is available on the letters page of the website.
Please note that we are expecting parents to adhere to social distancing guidelines when dropping off and collecting their child. We have considered marking up the playground and carpark with two metre lines, but decided we can rely on you all applying common sense. Please wait for a space before you hand your child over in Year 1 and EYFS and do not approach closer to the door than two metres. For year 6 children we ask that you drop and collect your child outside the school gates so that we minimise the adults on site. Both schools will also continue to cater for the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable for whatever reason. These children should enter via the main entrance at Marish and Willow and again parents must socially distance. At Willow this will mean not entering the reception area, unless it is empty.
The most important change is the timings of the school day. All year groups will be starting and finishing school approximately half an hour earlier. Again, please consult the letter for your child’s year group or contact the school office via phone or email if unsure.
For children in years 2, 3, 4 & 5, home learning will continue to be provided on the website. For those year groups who are returning to school, the only home learning will be homework from the 1st of June. We are looking forward to seeing more of the children then. Stay alert and keep in touch, Mrs Denham, the staff team, governors and trustees.