"Pupils feel safe at school. They said that this is because of the high level of care provided by staff. Pupils feel that they can approach staff with any concerns that they have. OFSTED"
Parents

Preparing for School - September 2021

Key Dates for September: First Day Back: Wednesday 8th September 2021

Teaching Staff 21-22

Nursery

Mrs Murphy

Reception

Miss Livesey

Year 1

Miss Scholes

Year 2C

Mrs Clark (EYFS/KS1 Lead)

Year 2I

Miss Illingworth

Year 3

Mrs Jolly

Year 4

Mrs Walton (previously Miss Huntoon)

Year 5

Miss Rigby

Year 6K

Mr Klimiuk

Year 6R

Mrs Ritchie (KS2 Lead)

Entering School

Our doors will be open from 8.40am and children are welcome to come straight into class. The one way system will still be in place to prevent the gathering together on the playground.

Please be punctual as lateness impacts on your child’s progress.

School Uniform/PE Kit

Please can all children return to school in September in their full school uniform including black shoes – no joggers or trainers. It’s important we set high expectations for our pupils in all areas of school life.

We are very proud of the appearance of the children at Masefield and promote our high expectations at all times

Our uniform is a symbol of belonging to our school and underlines the sense of community we seek to develop. The children should take pride in their appearance and present a positive image for our school. We ask for your support in this matter.

More information about school uniform can be found below:

Girl’s Uniform

Boy’s Uniform

PE Kit - Outdoors

PE Kit - Indoors

Red polo t-shirt (inc logo)

Red Polo Shirt (inc logo)

White t-shirt

White t-shirt

Grey skirt, pinafore dress or trousers

Navy Blue sweatshirt (inc logo)

Black shorts

Black shorts

Red or Blue Gingham dress

Grey trousers or shorts

White socks

White socks

Navy Blue sweatshirt or cardigan (inc logo)

Black shoes (not trainers)

Trainers/black pumps

Black pumps

White or grey socks/tights

 

Tracksuit top/sweatshirt

 

Black shoes (flat, not trainers)

 

Tracksuit bottoms

 

Reasonable size hair bows/bands – Blue, red, black or white. Gingham is acceptable as long as it is in school colours.

Before & After School Club

The before and after school will continue to operate. Please speak to the school office for more details.

Nursery

We have a number of fully funded places in our school nursery. Please speak to the school office for more detail

Holidays during term time:

We have already provided school holidays for 2021-22; these can also be found on the school website. I think you will all agree that enough learning has been lost over the last 18 months. No holidays will be authorised during school terms.

School attendance will once again be mandatory and non-attendance will be breaching the law resulting in the potential to be fined.

Key messages from the Government (17th August 2021)

- nationally, education and childcare settings are open, and attendance is mandatory (for schools) and strongly encouraged (at childminders, nurseries and colleges; the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has made it clear that the overwhelming majority of children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness only
- continuing to take regular rapid tests will help you to identify infections early and reduce transmission.
Your nursery, school or college will no longer trace close contacts – close contacts will still be identified via NHS Test and Trace
- children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal
- your child does not need to remain in a consistent group (‘bubble’)
- the government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet

What Control measures will be in place to keep my child safe?

In line with Government guidance we shall;

- Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
- Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
- Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
- Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
This means that your child will be asked to regularly wash or sanitise their hands and will be encouraged to use the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ strategy for coughs and sneezes.

The windows will also be open in school, so we encourage all children to wear layers that they can add to or take off to regulate their temperature.

What are the rules on mixing and ‘bubbles’?

The DFE no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’) or to keep groups apart as much as possible.

This means that assemblies and larger group activities can resume.

Please note however, that we shall continue to minimise contacts between people as much as possible, so as to limit the transmission of the virus. Things like one way system around school, limiting the number of classes on the playground at any one time, class seating in the dinner hall and limiting the unnecessary movement around school will be maintained as part of our risk assessment.

If there is an outbreak in our school or our school falls in an enhanced response area, we might be advised that it is necessary to reintroduce bubbles or to keep groups apart for a temporary period to reduce mixing between groups.

What does the guidance say about face coverings?


The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.

We would, however, strongly encourage all visitors to wear a face covering when inside the building and will support all parents who wish to wear a face covering on the playground.

If there is an outbreak in school or if our school falls in an enhanced response area, we might be advised that face coverings should temporarily be worn in communal areas or classrooms (by pupils, staff and visitors, unless exempt).

What happens if my child is a close contact of a positive case? What are the rules on contact tracing and self-isolation?


If a person in your child’s class tests positive, Test and Trace will work with the positive case and/or their parents to identify close contacts. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. As parents or carers, you may be contacted to help with identifying close contacts.

Individuals are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or are in the same class as a positive case if any of the following apply:

- they are fully vaccinated
- they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
- they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
- they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
This means that it is very unlikely that a class bubble will close due to a single positive case in that class.

Instead, NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advise them to take a PCR test.

We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so.

Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school who have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal. They do not need to wear a face covering within the school, but it is expected and recommended that these are worn when travelling on public or dedicated transport.

If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in our school, or if our school falls in an enhanced response area, we might be advised that some control measures need to be temporarily reintroduced.

What should you do if you suspect your child has coronavirus or has a positive test?


Do not send your child to school if;

- they are showing one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- they have had a positive test result
- there are other reasons requiring them to stay at home, for example, they are required to quarantine
You should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.

If you insist on your child attending school when they have symptoms, we can take the decision to refuse your child if, in our reasonable judgement, it is necessary to protect other pupils and staff from possible infection with COVID-19. Our decision would need to be carefully considered in light of all the circumstances and current public health advice.