Dear parents/carers,

We are delighted that pupils will return to school on Monday March 8th.

As you will be aware, their return relies upon the school’s implementation of a comprehensive Lateral Flow Test regime. Please read the attached information very carefully, as testing will begin next week, prior to the official return to school. Please also read the attached information concerning Health and Safety in school.

Please also note the following;

Facemasks

The government now recommends that pupils wear their facemask whilst in classrooms. We will therefore be asking pupils to remain wearing their facemask during lessons, in addition to lesson changeover times. Pupils do not need to wear their facemasks, whilst in their outdoor recreational areas and when eating in the dining room. This guidance will be reviewed by the government during the coming weeks. Pupils who already have exemptions will be contacted by our medical welfare assistant and must wear their lanyards in school.

Travel to and from school

Buses

All bus services will resume from Monday 8th March. The bus companies will continue their enhanced cleaning and hygiene procedures. Pupils will need to wear a facemask at all times whilst on the bus, and must sit in their year group zones. The zones will be the same as before Christmas, and signs on the bus will direct the pupils where to sit.

Making your own way to school

Pupils should not arrive at school before 8:25 am and must enter school via the main drive or the Helmsley Close entrance.

All pupils must go to their designated outdoor recreational area, or Learning Support, once they arrive in school.

Uniform

Pupils will return in full winter uniform. Guidance can be found on our website. On PE days, pupils must wear their PE kit, with navy jogging bottoms and school blazer.

Attendance

The government has stated that attendance for all school-aged children is mandatory from 8th March. We expect all our pupils to return to school and our attendance policy will apply again from this date.

INSET day – change of date

The inset day on March 25th has been moved to May 25th.

During the first lesson on Monday 8th March, all pupils will be guided through the school’s updated safety procedures.

Again, please read the attached information carefully and we look forward to seeing our school community reunited very soon.

Best wishes,

St Mary’s Catholic High School

Letter to parents 25 Feb – lateral flow testing

Parent Guidance