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Welcome back

Warm wishes to all parents, carers, pupils and staff in the Uplands community,

As we enter the final full week of the holidays I am sure that many of you are thinking about the return to school. This is going to be a challenging term but I want to give you my reassurances that with the support of my staff I will do all that I can to lead and navigate us through the months to come. Our priorities will be to get your children safely back on site, make them feel happy and comfortable and of course get them back into "learning". The collaboration and communication between school and home will never have needed to be so important as in the weeks ahead but I am certain that together we can make Uplands the school that it was before lockdown.

All of us will have had very different experiences of lockdown depending upon our family make up, our health conditions and our personalities. We will need to support and respect each other and "Be kind" as we take this next big step towards normality again.

I am available by email every day now up until the start of term if anyone has any questions or worries. I can also make a call if anyone prefers this or if any children need some reassurances-just drop me an email and I will make contact.

On our website (Parent tab then News/Updates) I have re-posted all the information needed for re-opening. We will of course respond to the ever changing situation and make adjustments as necessary and keep you all fully informed.

All staff will be back on site on Tuesday 1st September prior to children coming in on Wednesday 2nd. I ask that from 1st September you please telephone in with any questions as we are not going to be able to accommodate parents coming on site as previously. On a regular school day we can receive up to 500 emails and so a phone call will be the most effective means of communication for you once school re-opens. Myself and Mrs Walker will be on the gates each morning and then teaching staff at the end of the day.

Some of you have emailed in queries relating to Google classrooms-please don't worry but give school a call on or after the 1st and we will help and support you

Enjoy the last days of the Summer break and I so look forward to opening Uplands and welcoming your children back on site.

Kind Regards

Suzanne Webster-Smith


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