Message sent from:

 10th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Preparations for the Full Re-Opening of Schools ~ (A Detailed Plan to Follow shortly)

I hope this note finds you and your family and friends well.

The past 15-weeks have been very challenging times for everyone. May I thank you for the patience and support you have given the school staff and children. It has been much appreciated.

Thank you.

As you may be aware the Government has announced that schools will re-open fully from September 2020.

We plan to hold INSET Days on the 1st and 2nd of September to prepare the environment, ready for some children starting from Thursday 3rd September 2020.

There are a number of changes that we will need to put into place to comply with the Government’s new regulations and guidelines. These include:

• creating year group/ corridor ‘bubbles’ for the children and staff to work in,

• restriction of movement into and around the school buildings,

• staggered drop off and pick up times.

We will also be making new arrangements for the provision of both hot meals and packed lunches.

Additionally, the ways in which parents and carers will be required to contact teaching and administration staff will also change until new guidelines are issued.

If you need to speak to a member of staff directly, this can be pre-arranged by a phone call. Should you need to email the school or a member of staff please send the email to admin@gardnerslane.gloucs.sch.uk and the note will be forwarded to the relevant member of staff, who will get back to you as soon as they can.

The schools will continue to use Dojo and Facebook to send messages and updates.

The impact of COVID-19 is immense. To ensure the children remain in their ‘bubble’, there will be no after school clubs from September and very limited involvement of outside groups or visitors. School visits will be severely restricted to places that have been risk assessed against the new guidelines.

We propose that breakfast club does not run in September, as it will be difficult to keep the children in their bubbles and to provide the necessary number of staff to supervise safely.

We will be making some changes to the curriculum for the beginning of the Autumn Term. We will primarily be implementing a Recovery Curriculum that focuses on children’s well-being, offering a broad and balanced learning experience, underpinned by pastoral and welfare activities. We aim to help the children re-adjust back into a busy school life, supporting them with any anxieties or concerns they may have.

We, the staff and Governors, are looking forward to welcoming you and your children back to school and resuming the warm, community-based friendships that we have always enjoyed.

A detailed plan will be posted on the school website and copies will be sent to you shortly.


Yours Sincerely

Charles Welsh

Executive Head

Gardners Lane and Oakwood Federation


Could all new Reception parents please contact the school office on 01242 515761 so that we can keep you updated on plans for your child starting school in September.
Thank you

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