News & Updates
*** Testing at Home Update - 4th March 2021 ***
All adults living with primary age children are encouraged to access regular rapid covid tests. These are available either via your workplace, in person at the local rapid asymptomatic testing centre (Longtoft Primary School Sports Hall), by collection from the local symptomatic testing centre (which apparently is Doncaster Airport) or by ordering kits online to be delivered to your home.
Please see the document attached here for details of how to access testing.
Thank you for helping to keep our staff, our children and other families as safe as we can.
*** School is reopening fully on 8th March 2021 ***
Please read the important letter linked here.
*** Critical Worker Update 21st January 2021 *
Our critical worker and vulnerable children has now reached capacity in most year groups.
I would like to remind parents that children of critical workers should be cared for at home if they can be. We are in a very difficult position, trying to accommodate as many children as we can to support families, whilst ensuring the safety of our children and staff. Next week, we will be approaching our Reception children's families as we now have a waiting list for places in this bubble. We will be prioritising school places for our vulnerable children and those families who have two key worker parents. Please don't take a space up if you don't need it.
We are not planning on running the critical worker questionnaire each week now, as we are at capacity. If you have previously accessed a place in school, then this is reserved for you moving forwards. We are assuming that you need the same days next week and beyond, unless you let us know otherwise. If your days have changed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will book your child in.
Thank you for your understanding,
*** Thursday 14th January 2021 ***
*** Wednesday 13th January 2021 *** CRITICAL WORKER PLACES ***
Good afternoon. Our request for critical worker provision for next week is now live. This will open every Wednesday afternoon and close on Friday at 2pm. Please make sure you have submitted your requests before the questionnaire closes. We may not be able to accommodate requests made after this date.
We are nearing capacity with our key worker and vulnerable children provision, please do the right thing and don't send your child unless they cannot be safely cared for at home.
The link for the questionnaire is here.
Thanks, Mrs B.
*** Tuesday 12th January 2021 ***
We are aware that some families may be struggling for data when remote learning with their children at home.
We have a small number of 30GB data SIMs that can be inserted into any unlocked mobile device (Your provider will unlock your phone if needed). These last for up to 90 days. If you would like one, please contact email@example.com or message Mrs Hornshaw on Dojo.
Mrs B x
***Wednesday 6th January 2021 ***
Critical Worker School Provision
If you or your partner are classed as a critical worker and do not have access to a childcare support bubble, your child can access a school place.
In the event of demand for places exceeding school capacity, places will prioritised using our priority criteria so that we can prioritise those families who need our help the most.
If we are unable to offer you the requested place, we will contact you by telephone.
Please click on the link here to complete the form for the day(s) you will require your child to attend school next week.
*** UPDATE Sunday 6th September ***
Thank you for your support last week as we implement our new processes. We have reviewed the drop off and collection routines at both sites and would politely request that parents read and follow the following:
- Only one adult per family - this will be strictly enforced. Please don't be offended if a member of staff asks any extra adults to wait off the premises.
- NURSERY and RECEPTION parents. It's their first day on Monday. We can't wait to see you all! Please aim for after 8.45am so that the initial rush has passed unless you are in a rush to work. The doors don't shut until 9am (lower) and 9.10am (upper) so there is plenty of time :) The doors will still be open at 8.30 if you are in a rush you can drop off from 8.30 ,that's no problem. Aiming for later if you're not in a rush will help the flow of parents - thanks :)
- Collection- Upper site. We will be letting Y3 and Y4 leave from 3.20pm from tomorrow to improve the flow of parents. Please follow the instructions and keep to the left. If you are picking up children from other classes / at work and can't make it until 3.30pm that's absolutely fine. It's a window of time.
- Y6T will still enter via the side door but will now exit via the front fire door. Staff will be on hand to direct you. Thanks Carolyn.
***UPDATE Friday 28th August ***
Some things never change
Like the feel of your hand in mine
Some things stay the same
Like how we get along just fine
Like an old stone wall that'll never fall
Some things are always true
Some things never change
Like how I'm holding on tight to you
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our children back next week. We recognise that school may feel and look very different next week, but please be assured, we will do everything to welcome your children back to our happy Travis family. Our recovery curriculum is firmly rooted in wellbeing. Although we might be encouraging physical distancing, your children are very much in our hearts.
Wearing of masks in school
Following the WHO's announcement and subsequent government advice, we have considered the wearing of masks in school by children.
We have considered:
• the rate of infections currently in our area
• the impact of mask wearing on our children's social interactions, especially with our youngest children;
• the children’s capacity to comply with the safe and appropriate use of masks in a whole class setting for a long period of time
• the potential impact of mask wearing on learning and psychosocial development.
As we have significant risk management process in place and all of our children are under 12, they are not required to wear masks in school currently. This will be reviewed if national or local guidance changes.
Our strategies to prevent and control the virus include
- Prevention - children should not attend school if they display symptoms
- Protective bubble strategy - limiting the exposure to larger groups (staggered breaks, for example)
- Personal hygiene (catch it, bin it, kill it) and regular hand washing established
- Enhanced cleaning (including a lunchtime clean)
- Engagement with 'test and trace'
Government guidance is available here
*** For our transition meetings next week *** We will have social distancing measures in place, as well as enhanced cleaning and hand washing. Children are coming in small groups throughout the day. Face masks are not mandatory for parents, however, parents are welcome to wear a mask for these visits.
The classrooms and buildings
Mr Woods, Mr Dykes, the teachers and teaching assistants have been busy making sure everything is ready for our full return.
For further information, please watch our short video:
Children starting Y1 - Y6
All children in Y1 - Y6 start back full time on Thursday 3rd September. You have been invited to a transition session on Wednesday 2nd September. Please see the guidance document here for information about the session.
If you aren't sure of your appointment time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children starting in Nursery and Reception
All children in Nursery and Reception have been invited to a 'Stay and Play' play date on either Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th September. All children in Nursery and Reception start on Monday 7th September. If you aren't sure of your stay and play session slot, please email email@example.com
: *** Return to School Information Booklet ***