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School Update - 5th March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,


We hope you are all enjoyed our ‘Masked Reader’ Event. Did you guess correctly? Prizes for our winners will be given out at school next week along with World Book Day vouchers. All the staff at school have been busy getting ready for next week and we can’t wait to welcome our children and families back to school.

We have maintained the entrances and start and finish times for all our children and our aim is to provide them with as much normality as possible, particularly when we are still in a lockdown situation.

To support us with a positive return to school:
• Ensure you wear a face covering and practise social distancing whilst at the gates
• Be as prompt as possible
• If you need help or need a longer conversation with the class teacher, call or email school and we will organise a return call.
• Please do not pull cars into the school car park, even if late. This is ONLY for staff and deliveries.

You may have heard in the news about the asymptomatic testing available for families. Please use this to support your family if you feel you would like to undertake the testing available for people without symptoms. Staff in school are all taking these tests twice a week as part of our drive to keep Ryecroft as healthy as possible.

Your local site can be found here:
Test sites are open between 1:30pm – 7pm for rapid test kit collection. Just enter your postcode - if you cannot see a site that is open, please try again later.

If you can’t get to one of the test sites to pick up your rapid test kits, you can order tests for delivery here:

There has been lots of press attention on ‘catching up’ and ‘lost learning’ recently. Of course, our core business is to ensure children are learning, making progress and ready for their future but they are also little people who are living through events we have never faced before.

When our children return on Monday, we will be looking for gaps in learning and how we can address their needs but we will also be focused on their mental health, re-building friendships and enjoying the structure and stability that school provides. We need our children to feel safe and happy so they are ready to learn and this will be as important as academic achievement.

Thank you for all your hard work over these last 9 weeks, we appreciate the challenges of home schooling and we are hugely looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Have a fabulous weekend

Mrs Blythe