Newsletter Feb 2022
17th Feb 2022
Just a quick update to everyone for the end of this half term (school closed next week)
We have had the most difficult few weeks in terms of staffing, of the whole two years, during January and February 2022. I am very hopeful that things are now settling down and we look forward to fewer children and staff absences. At one point we had 16 staff off for a variety of reasons, but Covid being the biggest one. The school oven also chose that week to stop working! Can I just say thank you again to all of you who helped us during this time by sending in packed lunches. I hope I never have to ask again, but it got us out of a tight spot! My thanks, as usual go to the amazing staff who have covered absences, done extra work and basically allowed school to be normal.
As far as I am aware, nothing is changing immediately when we come back after half term. I expect to be told very last minute of any plans (as we always are) and that we can gradually get back to normal once we return. We will always be guided by local data, despite what the Prime Minister announces. If we feel there is still a concern for our staff and children, we will keep some restrictions in place for longer. BUT – we are planning Parents afternoons in school for the first time in two years, in late March. I know this will be good news for many of you and I’ll send letters out about this when we return.
PLEASE can we ask you to make sure your children come to school wearing correct uniform. Things have started to slip again, especially with our older pupils. We ask children to wear uniform for very good reasons, and it is a whole school approach. Those children who don’t wear uniform stand out and are not following school rules.
Trainers MUST NOT be worn for school – unless there is a shoe emergency, in which case we expect children to bring a note.
TIES MUST be worn in years 3-6 . We give all children a free tie, some have had several, and if they lose them you will need to buy a new one from the school office.
Lastly, I am sure you will all join me in wishing Ms Clarke a very happy retirement. Ms Clarke is known to many of you as Ms Linda and she has helped many families with admissions to our school over the years, or providing letters for you etc. We thank her for her loyalty to Kingsley and wish her well in her new adventure!
I hope you all have a lovely half term next week. School opens again on Monday 28th February.