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Provisional reduction of Woodside Covid19 Protection Measures

As the number of Omicron cases is falling we shall now be reducing the protection measures we have put in place to protect you, your children, and our staff, from Covid19. However, as there are still thousands of patients in hospital with the disease and hundreds still dying, we still need to take it very seriously. These reductions are therefore provisional and we are ready to go back to our full protections if cases start to rise again.

We have already reverted to having all children eating in the dining hall at lunchtime and having full assemblies together in the hall.

From Monday 24th January 2020

  • Masks continue to be recommended for parents dropping off or collecting children but will no longer be compulsory. You will however need to wear a mask if you need to have a conversation with a member of staff.
  • We will retain the current one-way system for entry and exit, along with entry for children through the main front entrance, and encourage children to come into school without their parents.
  • We will continue to use the forest gate and to have staff monitoring outside to maintain the one-way system and to give parents reassurance that, once children have been dropped off, they will not be allowed to come back out of school on their own.
  • Staff will have masks and wear them in appropriate situations during the day according to their own assessment of risk for the work they are doing
  • Parents are asked to continue to communicate with the school via telephone or email unless for a particular reason we request that they come in.
  • Children need to bring everything they need for school themselves so that parents do not need to come to the office later.
  • We will continue with class assembly videos available for parents online but the Y5 Shakespeare Festival will go ahead at Thameside Theatre and Y6 will be able to give live performances at the end of year.  We will be reviewing other year group performances as time goes on.
  • We will continue with our online consultation evenings but we hope to give parents an opportunity to come into school to see their children’s work in the summer term.
  • Children will be able sit and play with others from different classes in breakfast and after school club.