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COVID-19: Impact on school

Dear parents and carers, 


Thank you so so much to all of you who continue to support our efforts to ensure that everyone in our school community is as safe as possible. Obviously we still need to be aware of the current circumstances with the pandemic- whilst we are starting to win, we haven't won yet. 


I am sure that you are aware that the Prime Minister addressed the country on 14th June and stated that there is a 4 week delay in any further lifting of restrictions. Following this schools were informed, by the DfE, that control measures in schools are still required. As such the safety measures that were in place since September will continue to be in place for the rest of the academic year. It is incredibly important that:


  • Families adhere to their children's set start and end times and parents do not come onto the school grounds until the youngest child's time.
  • Children must be brought to and collected from school within their 10 minute allocated slot.
  • These 10 minute slots mean that you do not need to rush and means that there is an overlap between drop off and collection times of siblings across school to help minimise your time on school grounds
  • Social distancing must be maintained by all adults when on school grounds.
  • If you have more than one child, you must keep waiting on site to a minimum and you must ensure that you do not block walk ways- people must be able top get past at a 2m distance. Please wait on the football pitch section of the playground rather than block walk ways. 
  • Face masks must be worn by adults unless you have informed school of your exemption.
  • Parents and carers must not approach members of staff- messages must be communicated either by telephone or by email. (Your child's class email is still live, as is their Seesaw.)


The Prime Minister's announcements will obviously have an impact on planned summer events; I can now confirm that parents will not be able to attend Sports Days, though these will still take place with the children. Parents Evening conversations will also be held via telephone. As the Year 6 Leavers' Performance is after the 19th July, we are not at this point able to say whether parents will be able to attend but will confirm this as soon as possible. 


Information on the logistics of a school day has been updated and is shown below. This includes expectations of attendance (which is mandatory for all school aged pupils from), uniform, equipment etc and also information on school meals and wraparound care. The updated information also includes details of PE days and what the children need to wear. 


We will continue to adapt our risk assessment and measures in line with Local Authority and Government guidance and will contact you as soon as possible to inform you of how this affects planned summer events. Parents of year 6 children, please read the letter below from the Local Authority about transition. 


If your child or anyone in your house develops symptoms of COVID-19 or receives a positive test result, it is absolutely essential that you let us know immediately by emailing in order for us to follow essential Track and Trace guidance. 


If any families are experiencing difficulty because of the pandemic, please don't hesitate to contact us. We may be able to offer support or direct you to someone who can. We really are here for you and want the best for everyone in our school community. 


Thank you very much to those of you who have supported us with the measures we have put in place- we all hope that it is not much longer before we get back to a no COVID controls way of life, but we all need to do our bit to get there.


Gemma Anderson


Information on arrangements in school, for parents and pupils- please read carefully

Letter re Year 6 to 7 transition

Letter from our Director of Public Health- 26th March 2021

Dudley Council information on expansion of testing and wider symptoms- please read carefully

Dingle Community Primary COVID-19 risk assessment