26 August 2020

**Updated** Return to school from Thursday 3rd September

Reconnection plan for the return to school in September 2020.  Information for families updated August 2020

We are all very much looking forward to welcoming our families back to school next Thursday – 3rd September.  We published our reconnection plan before the summer holiday and now would like to share an updated version in light of the many changes to guidance that have taken place since then – see ‘downloads’ section below.  We have outlined information about current government guidance, changes to how we will operate in classrooms and around the school and changes to the curriculum, as well as contingency plans in the case of any further lockdowns.  In particular parents and carers should note the following section from the plan:

First day back – Thursday 3rd September. With the exception of Year 3 children attending Whitehorse Juniors and Cypress Upper all children should arrive between 8:45 and 9:15am.  This is 15 minutes longer than usual to allow children to be directed to the right place, for parents to feel comfortable about where their children will be and to ensure a calm and ordered start to the term.  There is no need for all to arrive at 8:45am and we encourage those parents who can to slightly delay their arrival to avoid queuing. In addition please note:

  • At Whitehorse  Juniors Year 3 children should arrive at 9:15am.
  • At Cypress Upper we ask that Year 3 classes arrive at the following times:
Birch class Holly class Cedar class
9:15AM 9:25AM 9:35AM

On Thursday 3rd September ONLY parents wearing face coverings will be allowed into the building to familiarise themselves with the geography of children’s new classrooms.  Parents without face coverings will have to remain outside the building.  After this day children in these year groups will have to enter the building on their own and parents will remain outside until further notice.  Please prepare your children for this and support the school by staying socially distanced from school staff on this day.

On Friday 4th September all children should arrive between 8:45 and 9:15AM and from Monday 7th September all children should revert to arriving at the normal time between 8:45 and 9:00AM

Children new to our schools in Nursery and Reception have been invited for an individual appointment to meet their teacher in September 2020

We hope that this is helpful. Please contact your Head of School should you have any questions about any of the information in this document.

Published on 26th August, 2020

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