Welcome and Welcome Back Everyone All the staff are really excited to see the children back in school; no doubt equally as excited as some of you are to have a bit a of child free time 😉. Covid Infection Control Measures The new guidance means that while cases are low in the area, we will go back to almost normal. We’ll keep the same oneway(ish) system with people coming in the double gates on the yard in the morning. No more bubbles... There are no bubbles anymore so children will mix at playtimes and lunch. Assemblies will move indoors. Masks... We are no longer encouraging parents and staff to wear masks but people are free to use face coverings as they see fit of course. Hygiene... Hygiene will remain a priority with extra cleaning especially of toilets continuing. Ventilation... The school will still need to be ventilated. Fortunately, the government is providing CO2 meters (something we were about to purchase) which will allow us to know how much fresh air is needed. Hopefully this will be a lot less than last year and mean that the rooms stay warmer. Testing... We strongly encourage pupils to be tested twice a week. Staff will be testing frequently. In the event of a local outbreak... There are contingency plans which will mean a return to the previous systems if Public Health and Shropshire Council feel it is necessary.
Messy Monkeys After-school Care After-school care to 5.30 is now available in school along with breakfast club at Morda Pre-School. Details have been sent out but please contact the admin team for more info.
Sports Club Charges Things have changed a lot since we decided to make sports clubs at Morda free. The main thing being the pandemic and changes to working patterns – some of which are likely to continue as employees and employers alike have learned to appreciate the advantages of home working. It became clear that over the last year some parents found the extra hour in school quite convenient as it provided enough child-care to finish work perhaps after an early start. This has had a knock-on effect on the pre-school’s after-school service which was already suffering because of the sports club situation. In order that the new school based after-school care remains viable, we need to generate some income from clubs. This year, sports clubs running from 3.15 – 4.15 will cost £2.50. Other clubs and will cost £4.90. Sports clubs are therefore being subsidised by £2.40 via our sports funding. Children staying in school to 5.30 after a club will pay £11 which includes any charges for clubs. Children staying for the second session will also receive a snack. So, £11 is the amount parents will pay for child staying on to 5.30 regardless of clubs attended. We are sorry that this is a necessary change without which we will not be able to provide a crucial service to working parents. Welcome New Office manager We are also welcoming a new member of staff. Laura Ellis has joined us as our new Office Manager working part-time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Amanda Garstang will continue to her fantastic work in Reception with Laura taking on more of the admin work which has fallen to the Co-Headteachers during Amber's absence.
And finally but most importantly learning! We have a wonderful term planned. Reception and Year 1 in the Bluebells will be working on the Marvellous Me topic and learning about Morda. Years 1 and 2 in Daffodils will become Artic Explorers roaming the frozen wastes in search of knowledge. Roses (Year 4 and 5) are heading back to the Stone Age to hunt some mammoth. Meanwhile Shamrocks (Y5/6) will be visiting the bazaar to discover Ancient Islamic Societies. Look out for class blogs with pictures and examples of work. Mr E and Mrs C :-)
Action for Children – Shropshire Community Short Breaks provide short break holiday support to children and young people aged 4-18 years who are registered with All In. Their sessions during the summer school holidays will consist of sporting activities, sensory play, arts & crafts, local walks and play parks and local outings i.e., cinema, Attingham Park, Ironbridge Museums and will use worker’s cars /mini bus. To access the Action for Children (AFC) Summer 2022 holiday support please complete this online form.This link closes on Friday 24th June 2022 at 12.00 midday. Sessions will be planned for 6hrs but please be aware, that if they receive a high demand for places like they did for previous holiday clubs, and have continued limited staffing availability, they may have to reduce the sessions to 3hrs to try to ensure that all families that apply have fair and equal access to the support. Please be assured that they will do their utmost to provide a 6hr session if possible as they do understand how important this support is to you and your family. Sessions will be dependent on staff availability and weather and any other unforeseen circumstances. A charge of £10 for a half-day session 9.30 to 12.30 or 12.30 to 3.30 or a full day 9.30 to 3.30 is £20 for each session per child is payable in advance to the session commencing. Card payments only can be accepted by calling our office on 01743 644713, no cash or cheques can be taken. Only one session per child per week can be offered. The guidance below is subject to change in line with AFC and government guidelines. The health and welfare of the children and young people and AFC staff are our highest priority and there will continue be procedures in place for us to limit the risks as much as possible which are as follows: Parents/carers will be requested to notify Shropshire Community Short Breaks as soon as possible if their child/ren, test positive for Covid 19 and must not attend any sessions. All AFC staff/agency workers will wear a facial mask to support C&YP inside buildings. If there is any risk of spreading the virus via oral secretions or first aid is needed to be applied, then staff will have to wear a full facial plastic visor in addition to the facial mask, gloves and apron. Personal care will be undertaken but staff will be required to wear full PPE. Any young person who requires hoisting for personal care will be taken to a changing place to support where available. (If your child / young person requires specialist nursing care please contact us directly). Children and young people will be allocated a worker(s) who will remain with them during the whole session. Social distancing measures will be put into place where possible. Physical intervention is always a last resort but if your child/ren is known to require physical intervention then a full risk assessment will need to be completed on how we can support your child. Sessions will take place in venues and out in the community