Find attached the letter sent home today (22nd October)
During the half term holiday – you can contact school via the Text service or by email email@example.com
The link below takes you to St John’s Virtual Open Evening presentation
With the COVID restrictions there will be no ‘face to face’ information session this term at St John’s.
This Virtual Presentation has been produced to give information to prospective parents and students.
Here’s a letter we are sending out this week giving advice on when to have a COVID test.
Please remember always contact school if you have concerns about your child having symptoms.
Dear Parent & Carers,
Thank you for all your support over the last few weeks helping with our successful start to the new term.
Following yesterdays announcement about ‘Local Lockdown measures’ we will continue to keep in contact with you when we get updates. We hope everyone in our school community children, families and staff will follow the government guidance to help keep all of us as safe as possible. The easiest way for us to communicate longer messages is by email (our text service only does short messages) – please make sure we have an up to date email address as well as phone numbers.
We’ve emailed this letter as well as sending out a paper copy. Please check and if you haven’t received it please come to the school office to check we have the correct details.
Here is a reminder of what we are doing in school to limit risks for pupils and staff. Several parents have mentioned they are still having some anxiety around the children coming to school. Please be assured we are doing everything we can to make school as safe as possible.
What are we doing?
The link below will take you to a poster with some helpful information if you have concerns if your child is ill and whether to send them to school.
We know a lot of families have concerns and additional stress at the moment. Please remember you can contact school and if we can help in any way we will try or might be able to find other local services who can help.
Take care and stay safe,
Normal precautions apply for stomach bugs/sickness or diarrhea – child(ren) stay off for 48 hours after their last symptoms.
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we come to what would normally have been the end of our school year I’m writing to share some information about the return to school in September. As you can imagine things in school may look different and school routines may have to be altered. Any changes will be made to limit the risks to our pupils and staff.
School will return on Wednesday 2nd September. The children will go to the classes they’ve had this year and spend the week with the teachers they are familiar with. The classrooms will look different as tables will be side by side not in groups and all soft furnishings will be removed. This will be strange at first for everyone but I’m sure we’ll get used to it. Handwashing and sanitizing facilities will be available across school.
There will be no Breakfast club at the start of term.
We are asking that the children bring no school bags or items like footballs or pencil cases to school however they can bring their Summer work books back in the plastic wallets. In school each child will have their own pens, pencils etc there will be no sharing of resources.
Every child needs their own water bottle each day and if they have packed lunch a clearly marked lunch box that will come home each night to be cleaned.
School meals will be provided as normal – the lunch times will be staggered and fewer children will be in the hall at one time.
We will be staggering the start and end of the school day to minimise the number of people around the school site. We have split the school into 2 groups A & B, I will send a text tomorrow telling you which group you are in and send a reminder at the end of the holidays.
Group A will arrive at school at 8.45am and Group B at 9am.
It is really important that you come at your allotted time as we need time to get the children into class and wash their hands before the next group arrive.
The same will happen at the end of the day Group A will leave at 3.00pm and Group B at 3.15pm.
Each class will have specific ways in and out of school. (these are this years classes as that’s where the children will be going back to)
Reception The children will come n using First Steps entrance – please follow the one way system and use the lines to wait at an appropriate distance.
Year 1 will come into school through main entrance and leave through class door onto yard.
Year 2 will come into school using the ‘Tractor Access Gate’ and enter school by the back door and leave this way.
Year 3 will come into school through main entrance and leave through the back door onto yard.
Year 4 will come into school using the ‘Tractor Access Gate’ and enter using their class door and leave this way
Year 5 will come into school using the ‘Tractor Access Gate’ and enter using their class door and leave this way
We ask that only one adult comes to drop off or pick up and that adults (or older siblings) leave the school site as soon as possible.
Each class will have allotted toilets and handwashing facilities in school and the classes will have their own areas to play in outside so limiting contact with other children across school.
Children need to wear school uniform and we ask that clean clothes are worn each day.
Children will wash/sanitize their hands on entry to school, throughout the day and before they leave school.
Please over the Summer remind you children about the importance of hand hygiene.
Once school starts if anyone in your family shows COVID symptoms, tests positive or is notified through Test and Trace please contact school as those affected will have to self isolate.
I know there is alot of information in this email but I will send reminders at the end of the holidays aswell as keeping the News section of the website updated.
When we return in September please be assured any changes we are making to school routines are to reduce risks for everyone in our community.
I hope you all enjoy a peaceful and safe Summer and please continue to follow the guidance on keeping everyone healthy.
Take care and stay Safe
Dear parents and carers,
Hope you are all well. I’m writing to update you on schools plans for reopening to all pupils in September.
However, first I’d like to thank all those parents and family members who have supported your children in their home learning and the staff who have worked hard to produce work and keep in touch with the pupils during these difficult times.
As you’ll be aware school has been open since the start of lockdown providing childcare for vulnerable and key workers children and since June 15th Year 6 pupils have been welcomed back to school. This will finish at the end of term (last day of term Thursday 16th July)
As you’ll be aware the government have announced all children will return to school in September. Guidance has been released today on what this may look like and what’s expected for September. We are putting together a plan for our reopening to all pupils and once this is complete we will share this with everyone.
Things we know already;
Autumn term starts on Wednesday 2nd September all children will come back to school on this day but to help them to settle back into school life they will return to this years classrooms with this years staff. They will be returning to a familiar place with familiar people. They will stay in these classrooms for the rest of this first week.
On Friday 4th September they will spend the morning in their new class with their new staff, then week beginning 7th September they will start in their new classrooms.
Also there will be no breakfast club in the first week.
We are looking into how to support the children’s well being on their return to school aswell as the curriculum we will be delivering and how to catch up on any lost learning aswell as trying to minimise the risk of infection round school.
We’ll be in touch next week with more details.
The staff are finishing your child’s end of year reports and they will be available to collect from school next week.
Take care and stay safe.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you and your families are well. I’m writing to update you on our plans following the governments announcement to open schools to selected year groups.
From Monday 15th June we are inviting Year 6 pupils to return to school. The returning children will be in small groups, each in a separate class and each group will have access to their own toilet and hand washing facilities. These groups will have allocated staff who also have their own facilities and everyone will be following social distancing guidance. We are putting in measures for all the staff and pupils in school to try and minimize the risk of any infection. The groups will not mix and they will not share toilet and handwashing facilities.
Since the start of lock down in school we have be providing child care for key worker and vulnerable children and we will be continuing to do this until the end of term. These children are in small groups, will be in separate classrooms and have their own facilities aswell as allocated staff.
Once Year 6 are back in school all the children’s toilet facilities will be in use and so we won’t be inviting any further year groups back into school at present. This decision has been made after looking at the potential risks, if more children came back to school they would have to share toilet facilities and this is an unacceptable risk at this time.
Teachers will continue to provide work for pupils at home with daily contact on Dojo and work packs will be continue to be produced and will be available to collect from the school entrance.
We will keep in contact in the coming weeks and update you if anything changes.
Take care and stay safe
The builders are in school working to repair our hot water system.
Childcare for Key Workers children will continue from June 1st – in First Steps as they will have access to hot water.
School will not be opening to wider numbers of children until after June 15th.
Here is an announcement today from Durham local Authority advising all schools not to widen numbers of pupils in school until after June 15th
The DFE have supported teachers through Oak National Academy to develop video lessons and activities for children of all ages. There are lessons each day and the link below to the website.
Lots of other websites and links are available on our Parents page of the website