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New Guidance and Information Regarding Return to School
I hope that all our families have had a restful holiday but I am sure, like myself and the staff of St Michael’s you will be eager to return to the routine of school life for all our children.
Mrs Di Mascio, Mrs Celino and I have been working hard to review and update arrangements and classifications in line with government and local authority guidance since 30th July.
Return to School
As you will be aware from previous correspondence North Lanarkshire Council has decided the return will be phased until Friday 14 August to allow pupils to familiarise themselves with new routines, changes to buildings and hygiene measures.
Attendance for the first week will be as follows:
• Wednesday 12 August: Primary One, Two and Three will be in school.
• Thursday 13 August: Primary One, Four, Five, Six and Seven will be in school.
• From Friday 14 August, all pupils will be in school.
All Primary One pupils will attend on each of these days from 10am until 2pm. Primary 1 pupils should enter via the main gate where staff will be there to collect them and will be dismissed to a parent or carer from that gate at 2pm.
Our nursery class will return on Wednesday 12th August.
In light of all pupils now returning classifications have to be reviewed as previous classifications that were issued met the part time model. We are currently reconfiguring classes, after we have completed the consultation process with our teaching staff on Tuesday 11th we will then send details of your child/children class and teacher out later on that day.
The government guidance asks that we endeavour to ensure the school environment is covid secure. In light of this please read carefully the changes to arrangements, pupils should enter via and be dismissed from the following gates at the times stated.
• Primary 2 – infant gate at the basketball court at 8.50am and dismissed at 2.50pm
• Primary 3 – infant gate at the basketball court at 8.55sm and dismissed at 2.55pm
• Primary 4 – main gate at the school office at 8.50am and dismissed at 2.50pm
• Primary 5 – main gate at the school office at 8.55am and dismissed at 2.55pm
• Primary 6 – senior gate that leads into the school yard at 8.50am and dismissed at 2.50
• Primary 7 – senior gate that leads into the school yard at 8.55am and dismissed at 2.55
Please note parents and carers will no longer be permitted in the yard and we would ask that parents remain socially distanced when outside the gates. Nursery parents only will be allowed to drop children at the main door.
In order to reduce the traffic and congestion outside the school and ultimately for the wellbeing of all our pupils we would ask that the children are encouraged to walk to school in line with NLC advice.
We would ask that parents and carers contact the school via email should they require to.
To ensure we deal with any enquiries you may have as timeously as we can I have provided a number of links listed below:
Mrs Di Mascio – for enquiries regarding the nursery and primaries 1 to 3
Mrs Celino – for enquiries regarding primaries 4 to 7
Miss Wilson – for enquiries regarding digital learning and digital homework
Mrs Belam – for enquiries regarding Support for Learning
Miss Clinton – for general enquiries re renewed procedures
Mrs McMillan – for enquiries regarding nursery placements and admissions to nursery
Mrs Rand – to inform of absence/late coming and ipay enquiries
As has always been the case you can contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents and carers will no longer be permitted in the school. There may be some exceptional circumstances where a parent or carer is asked to enter a school but this will be very unusual. Unfortunately, this includes Primary One pupils. We will do everything we can to make sure your child is comfortable in the school surroundings.If you do need to visit the school, please wear a face covering and you will be asked to provide contact and time details on entry and exit to support Test and Protect arrangements.
It is very important that pupils arrive at the allocated times – no earlier please. Latecomings will cause disruptions and put pressure on staff who are trying to adhere to Health & Safety guidelines.
All payments for school lunches must now be made through the ipay system. Please contact Mrs Rand should you need assistance accessing this.
The school uniform policy remains unchanged – it remains (logoXpres). However, we are aware that some families have been under financial hardship due to the covid crisis, therefore if your barrier to uniform is a financial one please get in touch with myself and the school will assist.
Our school uniform:
• White shirt
• School tie
• Brown skirt, pinafore or trousers
• Brown jumper or cardigan
• Soft shoes – children will be required to change their shoes, indoor shoes will be left in school and should be brought with them on their first day.
School bags and lunch boxes are permitted however following guidance pupils are asked not to bring other items from home such as toys, hair brushes etc. Please remember as always, no football colours are allowed on items being brought to school.
Physical Distancing and Changes to the School Day
Early years and primary school children do not need to physically distance from each other but should remain physically distanced from staff where possible. It is understandable that children may be anxious and need contact with staff which will be managed appropriately.
Children and young people will be limited to certain ‘zoned’ areas with movement throughout school building kept to a minimum. Where feasible, pupils will be kept in class groups for the duration of the school day.
Scottish Government guidance recommends that schools maximise the use of outdoor space for learning and teaching. We are very fortunate that we have ample outdoor space for this.
As before it’s very important that nobody – staff or pupil – attends school or nursery if they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (a new cough, a fever, or a change in or loss of taste or smell). Should your child develop symptoms please inform the school immediately either by telephone or by emailing Mrs Rand or Miss Clinton.
I appreciate that in following government advice, it makes our school environment very different, but please rest assured that your children are in safe hands. Myself and the staff of St Michael’s will have their health and wellbeing at the forefront and will take good care of all our pupils, helping them to settle back into school life.
Mrs Karen Greechan
Within St Michael’s Primary School, we aspire to be a welcoming, safe and inclusive Catholic, Christian Community which aims to inspire all of our pupils to reach their full potential through an ethos of hard work and the teaching of Gospel values. We serve the area of Moodiesburn and we are a part of Motherwell Diocese. The school and nursery class has high standing in the community and we have worked hard to establish fruitful partnerships both locally and further afield which benefit the children in our care.
I am delighted to be Head Teacher of a caring, committed staff team who endeavour each school day to help each child to reach their academic potential whilst meeting their pastoral needs. Our pupils are polite, well-mannered and great ambassadors for our school community. We benefit from positive parental relationships who seek to enhance the opportunities for their children and who are so very supportive of the school.
Please take time to enjoy our Twitter feed which provides a valuable insight into the life of the school. Over the coming weeks, the feed will keep you up to date on current changes with regards to Covid 19.
Mrs Karen Greechan
St Michael’s Primary School and Nursery Class
Telephone Number 01236 794822
Email Address email@example.com
Head Teacher Mrs Karen Greechan