Dear Parents/Carers and all our amazing children
Where have the last six weeks gone? They seem to have disappeared in the blink of an eye and here we are ready to go again. We hope everyone has had an amazing and safe break. Below are a few reminders and bits of information to read before starting back, but please also take time to re-read information already sent out regarding Covid-19 and also how the change to school day times for children come back – these links contain everything you need to know Covid-19 Information for Families; How we will be re-opening in September
First day back – School re-opens FOR YEAR 3 ONLY on Wednesday 1st September, children need to arrive in uniform that day for a short transition day. Parents/Carers can bring their children safely onto the school yard for 10.00 a.m. – if you arrive sooner you will need to queue from the yard gate. Your child’s class teachers will be waiting to greet you. If you need a reminder of your class teacher please visit our CJS Youtube page. Children will access the meal option you have already chosen for them (school meal or packed lunch), please do not include hot food; sweets/chocolate bars, nuts of any sort or fizzy drinks in their packed lunches. Their school day will end at 2.00 p.m. and parents/carers can once again queue to collect children from the yard then continue around the one-way system to leave the grounds. Don’t worry, staff will be on hand to support you all.
On Thursday 2nd September all children are to return to school following the times in the re-opening link above. We have already sent out links to class timetables, to remind you of this please go to https://www.consett-jun.durham.sch.uk/our-classes/ Last term there were several occasions that children were picked up early due to other school staggered times. Please note, this will NOT be permitted this year.
School meals – Children must return to school on the same school meal arrangement they accessed before the holidays, unless you informed Mrs Raine otherwise. There is a two week notice period required for a change to school meal arrangements. If you change without notifying the office then your ParentPay account will be charged the daily rate. School meals are now £2.15. Children on packed lunches can access a dinner on a Friday as part of an on-going Fun Friday arrangement we run, but you must inform us of this.
School uniform – Please visit our website for the school uniform requirements. All children must be in the correct uniform, which includes shoes and P.E. kit. Our uniform supplier is Tots to Teams. https://www.consett-jun.durham.sch.uk/parents/our-school-uniform/ As previously informed, ALL children must be wearing the specified uniform, this includes school shoes. Children not in the correct uniform will be given a letter to take home to request that they do, if they continue to come to school in the incorrect uniform then parents/carers will be contacted. If their is a medical reason for not wearing the uniform then proof must be provided.
Appointments – All routine medical appointments, unless an emergency or exceptional circumstances, should be made outside of the school day. If they are during the school day, you must provide a copy of the appointment details.
Emergency contact information – If you have moved house, changed your contact number/email address, or your listed contacts change, please forward this information to Mrs Raine on the first day. If you are a family who require two sets of important information, you must inform us of this. If you are a parent who does not live with your child, we can post important information to your address, i.e. school reports/newsletters.
Water bottles – Children in year 3 will be provided with a school water bottle (and homework bag) on their first day. Additional water bottles can be bought from Mrs Raine for £2.00.
After school clubs – Some clubs will re-commence in the second week back to school (cross country information for years 4, 5 & 6 to follow). If you need your child in regular after-school childcare then please contact the Infant School as they operate this club and will collect registered children from our school at 3.20/3.30 p.m.
Payments to school – If applicable to you, dinner money and breakfast club payments MUST be made using ParentPay, if you are new and have mis-placed your activation codes then please let Mrs Raine know. No money is to be brought to school UNLESS your child pays their weekly school fund into the ‘money spinner’ OR you need to purchase a new water bottle.
School texts – If you need to contact the school to inform of absences, general enquiries etc., we have a school text number, 07537436638 . Alternatively you can send an email to email@example.com . If your child is absent from school you must ensure you inform us, otherwise this is recorded as an unauthorised absence, which will result in an attendance referral if they hit the triggers. It is our responsibility to monitor and support attendance in our school. As previously informed, poor attendance patterns will be addressed, even this requires home visits.
We hope this information is useful, especially for those new to our school. Please contact us should you need any further help.
Looking forward to seeing and meeting you all over the next few weeks.