What a week! It’s been so wonderful to welcome back our community to school this week. We are so proud of the children who have shown incredible resilience adapting to new routines and returning to school after what has been for some nearly 6 months away. They have all worked so hard and adapted brilliantly to the changes in the environment that we have put in place.
Arrival and Collection from School
Thank you for your patience whilst everyone gets used to the new staggered start and finish times and the one way system in school. As with anything new, the first couple of days were a bit bumpy but as the week has gone on, everyone has become more used to the systems and routines and arrival on to and departure from the school site is now much smoother.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to feedback their thoughts about how this is being managed. We have looked at each of the suggestions and tried to reply to those of you who have emailed in. We will continue to review how this is being managed and make adjustments as needed. We have considered all sorts of different solutions. None are perfect, but we have tried to develop a system that meets the needs of as many families as possible whilst keeping everybody as safe as we can.
We would like to mention a couple of things that have arisen as the week has progressed.
When you are queuing, please ensure that you respect social distancing from the person in front of you as far as you are able. We would also ask that you keep your family group together rather than children running up and down the pavements to see their friends who may be further up the line.
Please also be respectful of others, particularly if you wish to vape or have a cigarette whilst you’re waiting. Please move away from the queue to do this.
Please endeavor to join the queue just before the time your child starts rather than 10 – 15 mins beforehand. We do appreciate that for families with multiple drop offs you will need to join the queue as soon as you’ve
dropped off older siblings.
We have also noticed that some families are walking down the road to get to the back of a queue. Thank you for not trying to squeeze past those who are queuing as we know the pavements aren’t really wide enough. However, it would be much safer if you were to cross the road and walk down the opposite pavement rather than the road please.
Thank you to everyone who has been phoning in to advice of absences from school. If your child is not well enough to attend, we would ask that we are advised by 10am.
It is really important that rather than just saying your child is unwell, that you state what is wrong with them.
If your child is displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus then please follow the below guidance:
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet.
We do ask that you inform us immediately of the results of a test and follow this guidance.
If someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID- 19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.
If someone tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.
Symptoms of Coronavirus are:
New continuous cough
A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You can report pupil absences by either calling the school office and speaking to member of staff or leaving a message on the pupil absence line. Please ensure that clearly state your child’s name, class and reasons for absence. You can also email the school using the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking Around the Outside of the School Site
There aren’t any parking restrictions on the roads around school but please do park considerately and do not block access to private drive ways. We have also received a complaint from a local resident who was verbally abused by one of our parents after they had parked in the private car park in Benson Road and were asked to move. This car park is for residents only and should not be used by parents collecting or dropping off from the school. If you are asked to move your car by a local resident because you’re blocking their driveway, please bear in mind that we are all part of the same community and need to work together to keep it a pleasant place to be.
Southampton City Council have advised that the static parking enforcement camera is going to be in action from next week. These are focusing on the yellow lines outside of the school and will take a photo of any cars parked illegally and a fixed penalty notice will be sent to the registered keeper.
Marlborough Road (South) Car Park
Southampton City Council have been working with the department of Health and Social Care to make getting tested for COVID-19 in Southampton easier, with the opening of several new walk-through testing sites.
Marlborough Road South car parks have been identified as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing. This car park is now closed and will remain closed while the testing sites are needed.
You will still need to book an appointment to access this new testing centre.
Communication with Teachers
As previously advised, we will be keeping the year group emails running to help support effective communication between home and school. You can email your child’s teacher via these email addresses which are:
Yearr@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk Year2@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk Year4@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk
Year1@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk Year3@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk Year5@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk
Thank you again for your support at this time. Ensuring that 630 pupils and their families can return to school safely has been a mammoth task. Thanks to your support and patience we have been able to do this successfully. Please continue to be considerate of each other so that this can continue. And please bear with us. We are happy to receive feedback and to consider ideas that you have for improving the ways that things work but we have to try and meet the needs of a diverse community. This week has shown that we are truly strongest when we work together.
With best wishes
Foundry Lane Primary School