21 August 2020

August 2020

Dear parents/carers

re : September opening

I hope you are all having a lovely summer break.  As you will be aware, schools are expected to reopen to all children in September and we are very excited at the prospect of welcoming all of our children back. We have missed them so much!


We have been given very clear guidance from the Government in terms of what school needs to look like and be like in September to ensure we are ‘Covid secure’.  However, I am sure you will appreciate that it has still been a very time consuming process, devising our own protocol, specific to our setting.  You will find this below, with, hopefully, everything you need to know for the start of the new school year.


Planning for September has had its difficulties. The practicalities of getting 300 children on and off the premises safely is going to be the biggest challenge and we really do hope you can appreciate how hard we will be working to achieve this.  Your patience will be appreciated very much.


Initially, in September, we are still asking parents NOT to come into the school building.  At drop off time in the mornings, if you still bring your child/ren to school, we are asking you to remain with them at the school gate (a designated gate will be allocated to each class) where a member of staff will come to collect your child/ren. (Please note this does not apply to Nursery and Reception children – see details on page 4)

At home time, some parents will be asked to come onto the school yard to collect their children.  However, there will be a one way system in place which MUST be followed to ensure everyone is kept as safe as possible


We are obviously continuing to monitor the local situation and will keep you as informed as possible.  However, the Government have been steadfast in their commitment to September opening, and therefore, we currently have no reason to believe it will not go ahead.  


If you do need to speak to someone in school, or require further information/clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me at head@st-marys-leyland.lancs.sch.uk  


Thank you for your continued support throughout this difficult time. 

Please be reassured that the majority of our ‘Guidelines’ are taken directly from the following documents to ensure that we are compliant with the Government’s expectations


Items for consideration



Extra info

People with symptoms

Staff, other adults and pupils must NOT come into school if they or members of their household have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. These symptoms are

  • a new and persistent cough and/or
  • a high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


Local ‘spikes’ in infection rates

If infection rates rise in local areas, individuals (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore may be temporarily absent.

If schools are asked to close, work will be provided as per the previous lockdown, on Class Dojo.


Suspected cases in school

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new and persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

If a pupil or member of a family tests positive, please inform school immediately.

Social Distancing

Initially, in September, we are still asking parents NOT to come into the school building.  Start and end times are going to be staggered to try to reduce congestion around school. Please see the details on p4 and 5 of this document plus the attached table with the times for each class


If you do need to speak to someone in school, please call the office or email myself or the office staff. All visitors will be expected to follow the Government's guidance and the school's strict hygiene and social distancing rules e.g. hand washing/sanitisation upon entry.


Parents are also politely asked NOT to congregate outside the school gates once the children are in school.


Please only have one adult bringing your child/ren to school.


When waiting in the morning or at home-time, please ensure you follow the social distancing guidelines. Signs will be up to act as a reminder. We understand that parents/ carers with more than one child may be dropping off and collecting at different times and understand that you may have to wait, so again we ask you to do this whilst observing social distancing guidelines. .


As the ability to socially distance in Early Years settings (Nursery and Reception) is limited, additional meticulous attention is given to the cleaning regime.


All children will be reminded about maintaining social distance, for the older children (ie KS2) this will be an expectation. Children and staff MUST maintain social distancing wherever possible.



















The school has applied the Government's principles of keeping groups separate in bubbles, keeping bubble sizes as small as is reasonably practicable and maintaining social distancing based on the age and ability of the pupils and the feasibility of measures when offering a broad curriculum. This will include lunchtimes and break times, drop off and collection, as far as possible.


Pupils have been placed in their 'class bubbles' and interaction between other classes is minimised as far as is reasonably practicable.


Children in Early Years settings are kept in small groups as far as possible.


Staff members in Early Years will stay within a single group (bubble) on a day to day basis as far as possible. 


Staff in other year groups will mix with a reduced number of bubbles, typically being assigned to just the one.


Staff who will be working with multiple bubbles will be following a strict Covid-secure regime.


Classrooms will not be shared with other class groups. (Please note however, that All Angels club will still be using the same rooms as in previous years.)





The expectation to wear school uniform is being reinstated in September.  Therefore, we ask that all children attend in full school uniform on 1st September. 


Please note that children should wear their PE kits on the day/s their class have their PE lesson/s. See details of timetable below.



Items to bring to school


Pupils are only allowed to bring essentials into school each day including school bag, lunch boxes, hats, coats, books, stationery and mobile phones.


Until further notice, children will not be bringing school resources home.



Drop off/collection points


The guidelines recommend that ‘pinch’ points are avoided.  Therefore, we have allocated different drop off and collection points for the different classes. Please see the attached table for more details.


At drop off time in the mornings, each class will be allocated the following gates:


  • Nursery children – the gate at the right hand side of Nursery will be open for you to take your child round onto the Nursery playground where staff will be there to welcome you
  • Reception – come up the ramp and onto the Reception playground where staff will be there to welcome you
  • Years 1 and 2 – gate at the bottom of the ramp
  • Years 3 and 4 – car park gate
  • Years 5 and 6 – car park gate


If your child is in Years 1 to 6, please remain with your child at the gate and a member of staff will come to collect them.

At home time, some parents will be asked to come onto the school grounds, but there will be a strict system, including one way on and off the premises, which MUST be adhered to.


  • Children in years 5 and 6 will leave via the school car park.  We are asking parents who are collecting to remain outside the gates and your child/ren will be brought to you. 
  • Parents of children in year 1, 2, 3 and 4 are asked to come onto the main yard and wait in a specified area and your child/ren will be brought/sent out to you.  You will then follow the one way system and leave the school grounds at the opposite end.
  • Parents of children in Reception are asked to come up the ramp and onto the Reception yard to collect. If you then need to collect older children, you will follow the one way system around the grounds.  If however, you do not need to collect other children you can leave via the same ramp.
  • Nursery parents are being asked to wait outside the nursery building, and your child will be brought out to you.


We must emphasise the importance of maintaining social distance from other adults whilst waiting for your child./ren


I appreciate this is not ideal but I do hope you will appreciate the reasons behind the organisation and support us in following the protocol.


Initially, in September, it may take a little bit of time for things to run smoothly.  But we will all endeavour to ensure any issues are dealt with efficiently and hope it will be a seamless operation as soon as possible. Your patience will be appreciated.

















If any parent fails to follow this protocol, ie the one way system,  you may be asked not to come onto school premises and other arrangements for collecting your child will have to be made. .

Drop off/collection times


Start and finish times are staggered to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school.  Please see the attached table for the specific details.


These will be kept under review to try and ensure the children leave school efficiently

Please be aware that parents who are picking up more than one child may face a wait between collection times. 




Break times are staggered to ensure that corridors or circulation routes have a limited number of pupils using them at any time and to reduce mixing between groups.


Children in different groups will not play together/socialise at break times.


Breaks are staggered to restrict the number of children playing at one time and groups are supervised so they can be kept apart.


Until further notice, there will be no toast served at break time, usually offered to KS2. Instead, we are suggesting that they bring in a healthy snack to have during their morning break. May we politely ask that this is something like fruit or a cereal bar and that, for safety reasons including other children’s allergies, you avoid sending anything with nuts in.





Lunchtimes are staggered. 


Children in Nursery and Reception will eat in their classrooms. 


Children who are eligible for free school meals or universal infant free meals will still receive the lunch they are entitled to.


As we are a large school, the lunch timetable is only achievable on a rota. This will take place over a 3 week period.


Children in Years 1 to 6 will eat in the dining hall for 2 of the 3 weeks and then in the classroom for the other week. 


All children are still able to order a school lunch if that is the preferred option.  However, we do ask that this is done on a weekly basis ie money sent in no later than Monday for the lunches required that week.  If this is done on a daily basis, we cannot guarantee that your child will receive a hot lunch, they may have to have a sandwich. 





Staff, pupils and visitors are instructed to wash hands when they arrive at school, before and after breaks, when they change rooms, before and after eating, after using the bathroom, after touching shared resources, after touching their face, blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing and, finally, before they go home.


Hand washing facilities are readily available.  Also, hand sanitiser stations have been positioned to allow pupils and staff to clean their hands regularly





Contact Us

Leyland St Mary's Catholic Primary School
Haig Avenue
PR25 2QA
Tel: 01772 422431
Fax: 01772 455133

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