RE: School Re-opening Arrangements

Dear Parents/Carers,

RE: School Re-opening Arrangements


                                   We are currently working closely with the Local Authority on plans for wider re-opening to ensure that it as safe as possible for pupils, families and staff.

                                   We will initially open for our key worker and vulnerable children only many of whom have already been attending our provision since the school closed on 20th March. The parents of these pupils have been contacted already. Children must be dropped off at the school gate at their designated time (for key worker and vulnerable pupils this is between 8.30am and 9.30am). A member of staff will be at the gate to greet your child and to direct them to their allocated classroom area (known as a bubble). Children must be dropped off by one parent only and we ask that the children enter the school independently guided by the member of staff. All must adhere to the 2m social distancing guidelines at all times. The children should be collected at their designated collection time and place. Lines will be clearly marked out for you to wait on before entering and only one family member will be allowed into the waiting area at any one time at collection time

                                    School meals will be provided but at this stage we will be offering only the sandwich option as this will allow the pupils to eat their classroom. The cost of meals is £2.10 per day which should be paid via ParentPay. Parents have the option to send their child with a packed lunch should they prefer to do so. 

                                   Until September, the wearing of school uniform will be optional as we realise that the children’s own clothes are likely to be easier to wash than a school uniform. Other than a labelled bottle, we ask that children do not bring any equipment/kit to school with them as they will each be provided with their own learning packs and equipment.

                                    School is going to feel very different for the children as they will be in smaller groups with limited movement and with no contact with other children/adults. Our school community at St Margaret Mary’s thrives because we love and care for each other. Therefore, we will endeavour to do our utmost to continue to show the children this care in different ways that do not involve close contact. 


               There will be regular review periods and risk assessments throughout this uncertain time and I will update parents further about any changes in school opening arrangements (eg admitting more pupils). Please refer also the Knowsley ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document attached (also available on our website and school app).


              In the meantime thank you for your support, patience and understanding at this very difficult time.




Yours sincerely,


Mrs Wilkinson