Prae Wood Primary School

Everyone Valued, Everyone Learning

Welcome to the website for Prae Wood Primary School

The School Day, from march 2021

A number of systems have been put in place to enable the safe return to school for all pupils. Please observe these guidelines and do your best to be on time at the start and finish of the day. We thank you for your ongoing support

Dropping off and collecting for the school day

Children attending Breakfast Club must arrive by 8:15 at the latest, to ensure that we can adhere to strict procedures to avoid mixing bubbles.

Please note the relevant times and access gates for your child's class in the table below. We will be using a ‘soft start’ to the school day for the children for a number of reasons:

  • to minimise the number of parents on site at the same time;
  • to help those of you with younger and/or older siblings who also need to be brought to school;
  • to give sufficient time and space for the children to enter the classroom, hang up their coat, then wash and dry their hands before starting their early morning activities;
  • we also recognise that after the summer break, and especially for those children who were unable to return in the summer term, it may be more difficult at first for them to say goodbye to you in the morning, so we have allowed a longer dropping off slot so that we have the time to talk your child and support them in settling.

If you need to drop siblings at different doors, please observe the time slots below, and observe our strict one-way system

Please avoid queuing in the residential streets and footpaths around the school in the morning and observe social distancing. We ask that as many families as possible walk to and from school or if you have to drive that you park further away from school and walk for the final part of your journey.

We will be using a ‘soft finish’ to the end of the day for the same reasons as above but primarily to keep parent numbers on site to a minimum and to reduce the need for parents to queue, so that safe social distancing measures can be adhered to by all adults.

Appointments during the school day

We understand that sometimes medical appointments such as a hospital visit must be attended during the school day, however routine doctor, dentist, optician appointments should be made outside of the school day. If your child must attend an appointment during the school day please observe the following:

  • If your child has a morning appointment scheduled please keep them at home and return them to school at the beginning of their lunchtime. For Years R, 1, 2, 5 and 6 this will be at 12:00pm and for children in Years 3&4 at 1.00pm.

 

  • If your child has an afternoon appointment please collect them before their scheduled lunch break to take them to their appointment and then keep them at home for the remainder of the school day. For Years R, 1, 2, 5 and 6 this will be at 12:00pm and for children in Years 3&4 at 1.00pm.

Please bring children to or collect from outside the main office entrance (in the car park) where Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lockwood or Miss Rogers will meet you. The Admin team are not able to move around the school site and so we need to introduce these timings to minimise the amount of time the Senior Leadership Team are collecting and delivering children.

Late arrivals and late collections

As part of our risk assessment, we have preventative measures in place to enable all parents to avoid this situation (eg. soft start and finish times and a one-way system for entering and leaving the school site). Therefore, we do not expect any child to arrive late in the morning or parents to arrive late for collection at the end of the day. We all have a responsibility to ensure that all families and staff remain as safe as possible and therefore we ask parents to be respectful of this. The staff and children will be operating in year group size bubblesinside and outside so our admin staff will not be part of any year group bubble and will not be allowing parents or children into the school office for the purpose of late arrivals or collections, for the time being. If for an unavoidable reason your child arrives late to school (after their 20min time slot) then please enter via the main gate, bringing your child up to the front of the school and wait outside in the carpark area with them. Once a member of the senior leadership team has finished admitting their year group bubbles into school one of them will collect your child from you and take them to their classroom door. Similarly, for late collections please come to the front of the office and your child will be brought to you. Your co-operation with being on time is appreciated.

King Harry Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4HZ

admin@praewood.herts.sch.uk

01727 751930