A Message from the Head of Primary

George Mitchell Primary is back in full force!

The children have come to school this term with their labelled water bottles, big smiles and a universal ready-to-get-going attitude. We have great plans for this year and you are all part of that. There’s plenty to do and wonderful ways to get it done.

We are operating a “bubble” system, where year groups are separated as far as is possible, including at play times. You will have noticed that we take temperatures at the gate and have increased hand-washing throughout the building. Within bubbles, however, the children are not expected to socially distance, as we know young children find this almost impossible.

We ask families to:

  • show understanding for the school as we follow government policy and do all we can to keep our school community fit and well
  • not arrive at the school gates early. School starts at 840 and children can arrive any time between 840 and 900
  • keep children at home for 14 days if anyone in the household has experienced Covid symptoms
  • keep 1 metre distance between each other and school adults in our playground
  • behave responsibly and keep to the local and national restrictions and guidelines outside our school gates as well as within

If anyone within your household has any one of the following symptoms – a temperature; a new and continuous cough; a loss of taste and smell – your household is expected to isolate for 14 days (10 days for the person with symptoms), even when the unwell person is better, or until the unwell person has received a negative Covid test result. As a school we are simply following government rules; please do show understanding.

Should any child or adult within our school receive a positive test result, we will ask Public Health England for advice and are likely to have to ask a year group to isolate at home for 14 days, as this is current government procedure.

We know our systems are not completely perfect and there are many issues beyond our control. We are committed to doing the very best we can to make our school a safe and happy place to learn and thrive, and we are grateful for your support and understanding.

If you would like further information about our risk assessment or our catch up curriculum, or if you have any questions or comments, please do contact me and I will be more than happy to discuss your concerns with you.

Thank you to everyone in our community – you are simply wonderful.

Wishing you well, always,

Samantha Hill, Head of Primary