We are very grateful to everyone for making school as safe as possible. Please read this information carefully so we can continue to look after our children, ourselves and our community.
We have planned carefully for the safe return to school. Part of this planning has been to renew our risk assessment and create detailed guidance for staff. These can be viewed below:
Keeping Us All Safe
In order for us to keep the school open for all pupils in all classes we need to minimise risk as much as we can and we need your help and cooperation please.
We recognise it feels like we are coming out of this situation but we cannot be complacent. One of our biggest concerns is that we are going to go from very little congestion on the paths and areas around school to returning to over 400 children, plus parents, plus pupils from Outwood, St Wilfrid's, Ripon Grammar school and the general public all moving along Trinity and Church Lane between 8:30 and 9:00am. Therefore, we ask that everybody considers the wellbeing and safety of themselves and everybody else. To this end please:
- Stick strictly to your drop off and pick up times
- People arriving early create congestion
- Children should be accompanied by only one adult
- Wear a mask or visor
- Avoid bringing dogs if you are approaching gates or on the pavement approaches to school
- Don't loiter in any of the areas in or around school
- Be aware of congestion and safe passage of others
- Observe social distancing
- No parking or dropping off in the keep clear at the Juniors
- No parking on the keep clear opposite the juniors (this blocks pedestrian access
- No parking on Trinity Lane
We do recognise that this is a difficult time for everyone. Please remember that as a school we have, and continue to, do everything we can to be open and support children and families.
Our focus at drop off and pickup is the children's wellbeing and managing issues with traffic, pedestrians and people not supporting safety measures takes a staff member away from the children - now, more than ever, children need us to be there for them all.
|Risk Assessment - Our risk assessment is a dynamic document which we review regularly and in light of feedback and guidance. It operates partly as an action plan to ensure clarity of control measures and gives a route to find specific risk management information.||
|Staff Guidance - The staff guidance provides specific information for staff to ensure consistency of approaches across the federation. This document is reviewed regularly and in light of feedback and guidance.|
|Department for Education - The DfE produce their own guidance for schools and an additional set of information for parents.|
(Covid) Lateral Flow Testing for parents and children - Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week at home as schools return from 8 March. The following link provides more information including how and where to access tests.
Please click here to view the letter from Public Health North Yorkshire regarding LFD testing.
Timings of The School Day
|Reception||8:35 - 8:40||3:00|
|Year 1||8:40 - 8:45||3:05|
|Year 2||8:45 - 8:50||3:10|
|Year 3||8:40 - 8:45||3:15|
|Year 4||8:45 - 8:50||3:20|
|Year 5||8:50 - 8:55||3:25|
|Year 6||8:55 - 9:00||3:30|
Children in Year 5 and 6 with written permission can walk to and from school unaccompanied:
- If you have already completed the form, thank you
- If you haven't completed the form giving permission please do so - this form closes at 09:00 a.m. Monday 8th March - Click Here
- Please remember that we are still under lockdown rules and this also applies to children
- If we are notified or observe that children walking unaccompanied are not making safe choices we will request that parents pick them up.
- Please talk to your children about road and personal safety.
During the Day
Children of primary school age are not required to wear masks in school.
Any child arriving in school wearing a mask will need to take it off and put it away before coming in.
Staff will be wearing masks when on the gate and welcoming children into school.
Full school uniform please and appropriate PE kit. For more information please - Click Here (& scroll to the bottom).
Ventilation is essential within the school building and all efforts will be made to ensure children are not cold or sitting in a draft. The temperature in the room may be slightly lower than normal and children are welcome to wear plain (preferably white) vests, t-shirts, base layers under their uniform.
Uniform is encouraged but not essential for Nursery children.
|What to Bring||
We have very limited space in school classrooms so please try to avoid sending children with large bags. If children can avoid bringing bags other than PE bags and book bags that would be very helpful with space - thank you.
We are very proud of all the work children have been doing at home. Please can you keep this safe as we would love the children to share it with us but at this point we need to limit things being brought in to school - Thank you.
Children will take part in PE lessons and these will continue to be outdoors. Please be mindful that PE is a statutory part of the curriculum and children will need appropriate warm clothes to safely take part.
Mellors (our caterer) information video - Click Here
Mellors Newsletter - Click Here
For more information including menus and free school meal applications - Click Here
We will continue to offer hot lunches from the kitchen each day on both sites. Parents may choose to send children with a packed lunch.
Children, except those in Nursery and Reception, will eat in their classrooms. Nursery have their own dedicated space and Reception will be using the dining room. This will be reviewed as time goes on.
Children will be asked to make their meal choice each morning. Adults will support younger children with this and it will be helpful if parents could also talk to their child about lunch choices each day.
Packed lunches should be brought in a clean packed lunch box or bag.
|Milk||For information about children receiving milk in school - Click Here|
If your child requires recently prescribed medication, please complete the medical form (Click Here) and email it as soon as possible, before bringing the medicine in to school: firstname.lastname@example.org. Medication should be clearly labelled and handed to a member of staff at the gate who will check receipt of the medicine form.
We are unable to accept any medication which is not prescribed, named or is without a completed medical form.
Admin staff will be working across the federation and can answer any questions. In the first instance, all contact should be by telephone. It is likely that we will be able to resolve most matters that way.
Office staff will be available to answer your calls during school hours.
There is one telephone system across the federation; your call may be answered by staff working on either site.
Wherever possible, visiting the school office in person should be avoided. In the event that you do need to come to the office, you will need to visit the main entrance at the Junior school site as it has a safe operating space. Please wait at the school gates and phone the office before entering the playground.
The infant school office can only be opened by appointment to protect the Nursery setting.
Phone: 01765 602858 / 01765 603911
Office Team: email@example.com
Deputy Headteacher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Manager: email@example.com
Hopefully there will not be another lockdown. We are pleased to have been able to provide Chromebooks from our stock and we now need them for children to use in school.
Return of school Chromebooks - please send the Chromebook back into school with your child as soon as possible and no later than the 10th of March and please:
- Check the charger is with the Chromebook
- Clean the Chromebook as best you can
- Place in a bag and and leave untouched for 24 hours before return
- Those children with Chromebooks which have a North Yorkshire login do not need to return them at this point
- We will contact families who do not return equipment
If you have any questions about school organisation, please re-check this page first and if you cannot find what you are looking for, contact school directly.