Autumn Term Provision - an update for parents

All of the staff are very much looking forward to having our Mount Pleasant family back together. It is essential that all children resume their schooling. Please read this opening information. If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Please be reassured you that we have carefully planned for all children to return to school. There will be differences to what has happened in school before the pandemic but I can assure you that your child’s safety is at the forefront of our plans. The differences in practices are to ensure that your children and the school staff are as safe as possible. The Trust have had regular meetings and are more than happy with our plans and strategies.

Please follow the link below for comprehensive guidance that we have used to inform our decisions and complete the necessary risk assessments.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

We have followed all the guidance and school will be ready to open for the children in Reception to Year 6 on

 

Thursday, September 3rd 2020

Little Learners and Nursery will have a transition period to introduce new children to Mount Pleasant before a full return on Monday 7th September. Further details to follow.

Class organisation: September 2020

The School Day, Dropping Off & Picking Up

School will be able to be accessed through the entrance on Newton Lane and Whitby Way. Please adhere to social distancing and do not congregate around the school gates or in the yard. Again, to reduce the number of people on the school site at any one time, start times and finish times have been staggered. The times shown will be a temporay measure and will be subject to change as we return to normality in the future.

Outside each entrance point is a ‘hand over’ zone. This is to reduce the amount of adult to adult contact.  Please respect this area. Under no circumstances should parents be entering the classrooms or the hand over zone. Markings will be on the yard (2 metres apart) for you and your child to wait.

Hand Hygiene

Hand washing & sanitising will still be frequent. We will be educating children on the importance of washing hands properly. We will also have anti-bacterial hand gel available in classrooms. We will aim for hands to be washed/sanitised as follows:

  • before leaving home (please support this at home)

  • on arrival to school

  • after using the toilet

  • after breaks and sporting activities

  • before and after eating any food including snacks

  • before leaving school

  • when arriving home (please support this at home)

School Lunch

School lunches will return to normal. If you pay for your child’s lunch, please continue to do so, each week, on Sims Pay. For any log in queries, please contact the school office.

The free school meal vouchers will be discontinued. Those who are eligible for free school meals will still recieve their meal at school. If you think that you may be eligible for free school meals and your’re not already receiving them, please contact the office. There will a hot meal service in the hall which will be on a rota system throughout the week. If your child’s class is not in the hall, they will be provided with a ‘take-away’ lunch in their classrooms. The kitchen staff will prepare a range of picnic style lunch bags with a varied menu weekly. This will allow for distancing measures around school.

Classroom & Curriculum

The children will stay in their class bubbles and there will be no movement around school. The curriculum will be taught as it would have been with a full timetable of lessons. We will be planning a ‘catch up’ curriculum and will concentrate on ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of all children and particularly those who have not accessed school since lock down in March.

Visits / visitors

School has decided that we will focus on having visitors into school to provide curriculum enrichment during the Autumn Term 2020. School trips will hopefully resume in the Spring Term allowing more time for the pandemic to continue to improve.

New Appointment

We would like this opportunity to welcome a new member of staff to our team. Mr Taylor has been recently appointed as the Year 3 class teacher.

Home Learning

Homework and further learning will continue to be put on our school learning platform – Class Dojo.

Teachers will continue to be available through their Class Dojo messaging service or by ringing the school office. Please be aware that they will not be able to answer messages immediately as they will be teaching.

Appointments / parents in school

For now, we ask that no parents attempt to enter school in any way, either through the main entrance or the entry / exit points in school. This is to safeguard the measures we have put in place to ensure the risks are as low as possible for our children, staff and community. The office staff are available on the phone. If you need to speak to someone in school, please phone to make contact and we will endeavour to find the best way to communicate. Due to the circumstances, teachers will not be available for lengthy conversations. Our Home School Mentors, Mrs Blackham or Mr Dyer will get back to you with any queries.

Behaviour Policy

Clearly, some adaptations to our behaviour policy are needed during this time. We will continue with the fabric of what we have always had: Code of Conduct, warning system and team points. However we feel that in the current climate, any threats, deliberate coughing on other children or derogatory comments made by children towards others will be treated incredibly seriously, as they are being in wider society. If this occurs you will be telephoned and asked to come into school immediately to collect your child.

Child's health & Medication

If your child has medication, please bring it to the office and complete a medicine administration form. It must be clearly labelled from a pharmacy.  Care Plans are currently being updated. You will be contacted if you currently have a Care Plan that needs updating.  If there are any changes to your child’s current health condition, please inform the office and make an appoitment to complete a Care Plan.

If we suspect a case of coronavirus, we will follow procedures in school and you will be telephoned immediately.

Attending School

Attendance at school is vitally important to ensure that your child has the maximum opportunity to catch up on work that has been missed over lockdown. If you have any concerns regarding attendaxnce, please contact school.

 

The usual attendance practice will be in place. If your child is ill, please contact the office. Please see our ‘Attendance Policy’ on the website.

Please be aware that all of this information may be subject to change due to the ever changing landscape and risk assessment processes.

Once again, thank you for your continued support during this uncertain time. Please stay safe and continue to follow the government’s guidance.

Mount Pleasant Primary School​

Newton Lane

Darlington

Co. Durham

DL3 9HE

Lingfield Education Trust DPO

cbracken@lingfieldeducationtrust.com

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Tel: 01325 244 950

Email: admin@mountpleasant.darlington.sch.uk