Good morning to you all.
If you were unfortunate to be caught in the torrential downpour this morning then my sincerest thoughts are with you. I truly hope that your day gets better!
Some parents were asking why we did not open the gates sooner, to enable them to take shelter within the school. As you know, there are limited areas where you can take shelter from the rain on the school playgrounds and this would not have allowed for effective social distancing – something that many of you have raised concerns about over the last few weeks. In addition, the majority of my staff do not start their working day until 8.30am. This would have meant that the playground would not have been supervised effectively which may have created some safeguarding issues.
Many children got wet this morning, whilst waiting to come into school. Because of our instructions that PE kits are not to be left in school but are to be worn into school instead on the days the children have PE, I am very aware that children now do not have a change of clothing available to them in school. This is an unfortunate consequence of the decisions that we have had to make to ensure that effective social distancing can take place in our classroom settings.
I have already sent a communication to parents to say that if they are able to do so I would be happy for then to bring a change of clothing up to the office this morning for their child to change into.
In future, if the weather is bad it may be worth considering sending your child in with a spare set of clothes/shoes for them to change into if they get wet on the journey to school. These can be kept in their bags and returned at the end of the day if not used.
Again, I am sorry that you may have been inconvenienced by the adverse weather from this morning but hope that you appreciate that the school are doing everything we can in line with current Government guidance to keep all members of our school community safe.
Mr J Manclark