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                                                                                                                                                Friday 18h September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,


Below is an outline of the guidance we need all parents and children to follow from September 2020.


  1. Staggered start and finishing times

Breakfast club will start from 7.30am.  The children will enter the school through the playground and into the side entrance of the hall.  They must do this independently as no parents are allowed on site at any time.  No child will be permitted into breakfast club after 8.20am.


Year 5 and 6 need to arrive at school for 8.40am

Year 5 and 6 need to be collected at 3.05pm


Year 3 and 4 need to arrive at school for 8.50am

Year 3 and 4 need to be collected at 3.10pm


Please come to school at the time allocated so we can manage safe social distancing

We ask that only one parent brings their child to school.  We will be operating a soft start as usual.  You will need to drop your child at the school gate. 

No parents will be allowed on site.




At the end of the day


Now the weather is changing and the field will become wet and muddy we are going to need to change the systems in place for the winter months (Oct-April).


ALL CHILDREN will be released from an allocated point on the Playground.


ALL PARENTS need to:

Enter through the main gate and walk along the path into the playground to the allocated year group point (see map).


Please leave through the back gate, across the field and out of the gate (by the car park).    


Please come at the time allocated for collection and leave the premises as quickly as possible so we can release all children safely.  Face coverings for parents MUST BE WORN.



We only have one main gate and getting 450 children and parents through is proving to be challenging.  We are hoping the changes we have made will help ease the congestion and make social distancing easier.  Please follow the arrangements and be respectful to each other when dropping and collecting your children. 


Wear a mask and keep to social distancing rules please.






  1. Uniform


Children will be expected to wear school uniform. Children will be allowed to bring their packed lunch and a water bottle. All of these will be stored at their desk. Please also bring in a P.E kit which can be kept in school on an allocated peg.  Please note trainers are not allowed.  We ask parents to respectfully adhere to the uniform rules


The Minet Junior school uniform information is held on our website and can be ordered by following the link page or


NO BAGS are needed in school.



  1. Lunch provision


Hot meals will be available in September. If you want your child to have a school meal you need to order this in advance on Parent Pay.  If you have not ordered in advance then you will need to provide a packed lunch for your child that day.  If you do not have sufficient funds on your account, then you will not be able to book a meal.  Even if your child is entitled to a free school meal, you still need to go onto Parent Pay to choose and book the meal.


  1. Equipment


Water fountains will be out of use, please bring a water bottle to school.  All equipment including footballs, netballs and tennis balls are not allowed to be brought into school. No items from home should be brought to school with the exception of a lunch box, water bottle and hand sanitizer. The school will provide each child with their own stationery pack so NO pencil cases are needed.



  1. Reducing the risk of transmission of Covid 19


From September, if a child or an adult from one group becomes ill with Covid 19 symptoms (a new or continuous cough, high temperature or change or loss of sense of taste or smell) the whole class (including the teacher), will have to isolate for 14 days or they test negative. If there are more children from other groups showing signs of Covid 19, we may have to close the school at short notice. Please ensure that there is an adult to collect your child if they become unwell.  Please make sure that you have given the school your accurate phone and e-mail contact details ready for September. If anyone in your home becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, your child must NOT attend school and you must notify the school immediately.



  1. Communication with the School

Parents/carers must not enter the school site and when outside at the pick-up points parents must stay 2m apart. The school office will not be open to parents, you should either phone or email with any queries. If your child is unwell please ring the school to inform us.  If you would like to speak to the class teacher or Mrs Elliot regarding playtimes/lunchtimes then please ring the office to make an appointment.  We are happy to help.


Please make sure the school has up to date phone numbers and e-mail addresses for your child. 



  1. Attendance:

From September 2020, as outlined in the Government guidance, attendance is compulsory and all pupils should return to school as normal.  If your child is unwell please ring the school before 8.30am to inform us.  Where possible we ask for all doctor/dental appointments to be made outside of school hours.  However, we appreciate that there are occasions where this is not possible e.g. hospital appointments.  We require proof of all medical appointments for the Local Authority Participation Team.  If proof is not provided then the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.  No holiday requests will be authorised in term time. 


Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have given the school.  Please continue to check your e-mails for all correspondence or look on our website where all information is available.


Yours Sincerely,



K Ryan

Head teacher

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