As we approach the final two weeks of this half term, I wanted to write to you and provide a few further updates about day to day operations in school... As you will all be aware, the national picture continues to change rapidly and it can be alarming to see the sharp rise in new cases being reported. We all have a collective responsibility to work together to keep each other safe and I am so proud of how the majority of our community continue to do this.
Arrival and Departure from School – IMPORTANT CHANGES
In response to your valued feedback, we continue to regularly review the arrangements in place for dropping children off in the morning and collecting them in the afternoon. We are very aware of the number of people who are waiting to enter the school site from Foundry Lane. Thank you for supporting us by queueing at a social distance and crossing the road to join the back of the queue.
There are a small number of children who are climbing on local resident’s walls, walking on their poths and driveways and generally not respecting private property. Please can we all work together to stop this happening as it’s not fair on the local residents. We have also noticed that a number of parents continue to park their cars over local residents driveways blocking their access. This is not acceptable and we would ask that you don’t do this please. As a reminder, there are traffic enforcement cameras on Foundry Lane and they are issuing fixed penalty notices if cars are identified parking where they shouldn’t.
At the end of the day, it would really help to keep the pavements clear if everyone could move away from the immediate school site once they have collected their children. Please don’t congregate around exit points or block pavements as it makes it difficult for people to pass by safely. Please bear in mind the “Rule of 6” remains in place.
Amended Start Times
We are making some very small changes to the start times for some year groups and these are detailed below.
It’s great that so many people are arriving ready for the start of the day and it would be really helpful if you could arrive no more than 5 minutes before the gates are opened for your child’s year group. We do notice a considerable difference in the flow of people moving through the site on wet days and it is most likely due to people not arriving too early and moving away from the school site promptly. Obviously this isn’t possible for those doing multiple drop offs but we have the following changes will help ease the congestion caused by this.
Please consider using Imperial Avenue entrance too and this is significantly quieter in the morning. You can still access all classrooms from this side of the site and the queues are markedly shorter.
Thank you for the feedback about the Safer Streets initiative. We know that another school in the locality has been using this and we did give this consideration over the summer and again since. However, we have a very different site to the other school and at the time didn’t feel that this was something that was needed. That said, we are continuing to keep this in mind and will revisit the suitability of this scheme at regular intervals.
Communication with Teachers
As previously advised, we will be keeping the year group emails running to help support effective communication between home and school. Please use the year group emails for questions about school work but use the firstname.lastname@example.org for all other reasons. You can email your child’s teacher via these email addresses which are:
Together, we can achieve great things and together, we can support each other to stay safe, keep our schools open and look after everyone in our community. Let’s keep “Working Together” and give our children the best opportunities we can in the times we find ourselves in.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend.
Foundry lane Primary School