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Parental Update - 18th September 2020



Thank you again for your patience and support over the last 2 weeks. The systems for managing pupils and parents on site are now working very well and all of the children have settled back into school.


In light of the changing national picture we have been carefully considering the feedback we have been receiving from parents. Unfortunately we cannot devise a system for managing the entry of pupils to the site safely that does not require parents to queue outside school. We want to make any queuing as safe and comfortable as possible.


For this reason we are going to make some small changes to the systems that we have in place. Please read these carefully as the changes will be in place from Monday 21st September.


Arrival and Collection Times from School

As previously advised, we are continuing to review the arrival and departure processes and reflect on how these can be improved upon.


Following our discussions and reviews this week, there are a number of changes which we will be making from Monday 21st September.


Now that everyone is more familiar with the arrangements, the time it takes to welcome children on to the site and to say goodbye to them is reducing.  As a result, we are planning on reducing the gap between the drop off times in the morning.  This will also reduce the amount of time that parents with multiple drop offs will have to wait. We will ensure that teachers are ready to receive children for a five minute period. This will allow parents who want to avoid standing in the queue to wait until the queue has subsided before coming onto site.


Year 5 & 6 Please arrive between 8.40am 8.45am and enter through either the Imperial Avenue or Foundry Lane (bike shed) gate.  The school day will still finish at 3pm.


Years R, 3 & 4 Please arrive between 8.50am 8.55am and enter through either the Imperial Avenue or Foundry Lane (bike shed) gate.  The school day will still finish at:

  • 11:50-11:55 until Friday 9th October for Year R, Year R will finish at 3pm from 12th October
  • 3.15 pm. for years 3 & 4


Years 1 & 2 - Please arrive between 9am 9.05am and enter through either the Imperial Avenue or Foundry Lane (bike shed) gate.  The school day will still finish at 3.15pm.


If you arrive late, you will need to make your way through the one way system with your child to the school office where a member of staff will sign them in, help them make their lunch choice and escort them to their classroom.


Where possible, only one adult should bring children to or collect children from school please.  This reduces the number of people passing through the site and queueing.


Guidelines When Queuing


You will have seen that we have marked lines on the pavement outside school to remind everyone that we should be socially distancing when queueing. Thank you to everyone who has kept to this and maintained their distance from families in front of them. 


It is really important that only one family occupies each rectangle please.  The Government’s “Rule of 6” applies to us all so unless you are a family unit of 6 waiting to enter the school, you should not be “mingling” in a group of more than 6 people, this includes children of all ages.  Children are naturally excited to see their friends in the morning but please do keep your children with you when queueing, for everyone’s safety they shouldn’t be running and up and down the queue.


The wearing of face masks for those aged 11 and over is now part of our day to day lives.  When queuing outside school, because you are stood still for periods of time with people from outside of your household, you may wish to consider wearing a mask for your own safety and that of others. 


Some families are still 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.


When you leave the site, please don’t wait around outside the school perimeter as people cannot move along the pavements safely and this causes groups of people to congregate which is against current Government guidance.


Symptoms of COVID-19


It can be confusing keeping up to date with the most current guidance around when to isolate and what to do if someone in your family is experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus.


Coronavirus symptoms are defined as:


  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.  If your child has a test for Coronavirus, please inform us of the result as soon as you receive it.


If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:


  • Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.  Only those with symptoms should get a test.
  • Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result only leave your home to have a test.


Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.


  • If someone in your household begins to self-isolate because they have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19) and they get a test which delivers a negative result, 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.


We do totally understand that getting access to tests is particularly challenging at the present time but please do persevere as testing is available, it’s just taking longer to book appointments than had been expected. It is really important that pupils are tested within five days of the symptoms starting so you know whether it is safe to stop isolating.  Once a negative test has been confirmed you and your family can return to life as normal.


Pupil Absences

Thank you to everyone who has been phoning in to advise 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 above guidance for anyone experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus.


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 pupilabsence@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk.


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                                  Year1@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk

      Year2@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk                                  Year3@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk

      Year4@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk                                  Year5@foundrylaneprimary.co.uk



We will continue to review the latest guidance from the Government and amend our processes accordingly where needed.


We hope that everyone has an enjoyable and safe weekend.

With best wishes

Foundry lane Primary School