Announcements

School Life Update

As we end a busy week which has seen all of our pupils back in school for at least part of a day, I want
to thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to feel our way through the fog of
regulation and guidance.

These past two weeks have allowed us time to tweak systems and consider issues that were
unforeseen, and I wish to relay a few points to you in advance of Monday.

Covid-19 Symptoms

Should a child present with symptoms in school, a parent/guardian will be asked to arrange transport
home and be given guidance to follow. Part of this guidance will be to contact school with details of
any test or GP advice, and a slip to return to reception on return to school. If your child has to be
tested, but school is unaware, please ring reception and a guidance form will be emailed to you. Please
do not e-mail or contact Form Teacher or Head of Year with Covid-19 related information.

The School Day

I have been at the gates every morning and am happy that the timings of arrival at school are naturally
staggered. I will continue to monitor this, but hope not to implement a more formal process. From
Monday, pupils in Year 8 and 9 who currently use the Newtownards Road entrance should turn left
before the main school gates and use the side gate to Curran Building. Also, Year 8 will be dismissed
at 3.10pm and Years 9 and 10 will be allowed to leave at 3.15pm.

As we are cannot currently hold a Games period, parents of pupils in Year 11 and 12 have been sent a
text message with a link asking for consent to allow them to be released at 2.10pm on Wednesday.
Pupils will remain in school until consent has been given by a parent or guardian. Junior pupils will be
supervised during Games, and PE classes for all will continue as normal.

Lunches

We will be introducing a pre-order system for Years 8-10 which will allow junior pupils to select meals
for the incoming week that will be delivered to their base room before lunchtime. The pupils will have
their accounts debited internally. Please ensure that your daughter has money on her account for
school meals before she orders, either by ParentPay or by lodging cash in the machines provided. Next
week’s order form which will be in Monday’s register. Pupils who take Free School Meals should also
use this form to order.

Years 11-14 may use the canteen as normal. Years 13-14 may also go out at lunchtime; please note
that hot food bought at lunchtime, e.g. pizza or fried chicken, cannot be brought back to school.

ParentPay

The School Finance Office will no longer handle cash or cheques. We would encourage all to sign-up
to the ParentPay app, through which you can make payments including those to canteen, school shop,
trips and voluntary contributions. If you need assistance in signing on, please contact Mrs Craig in the
Finance Office.

Face coverings

The wearing of masks is now mandatory in corridors and communal areas in school, and on all public
transport to and from school. If your daughter has a medical reason not to wear a mask, please contact
reception with evidence from a medical practitioner, and an exemption card will be issued. I am proud
of the standard of behaviour and appearance of Bloomfield pupils, so it is disappointing to hear that
a small number of our pupils refused to wear masks and social distance on the Glider last week. It
would be helpful if you could remind pupils of their responsibilities towards others.

Pupil-Teacher Communication

Since March, the electronic communication between pupils and teachers has increased markedly, and
we will continue to use e-mail and Teams as we develop our blended learning approach. Pupils have
been instructed that only c2k e-mail addresses should been used, and that all communication must
be appropriate. We will be using the videos below to teach pupils how to best construct e-mails and
use the forums in Teams, and I will be instructing teachers who receive inappropriate e-mails or read
posts which do not follow these guidelines not to respond to requests, and, if necessary, to follow up
using the School Citizenship policy.

Discussion Board Etiquette 

How to email a teacher

Parental Communication

If you need to contact school, do so using the school telephone number, 02890471214, or e-mail
address, info@bloomfield.belfast.ni.sch.uk. Please note the e-mail address used for updates and
newsletters, bloomfield233@c2kni.net, is outward facing only and is not regularly monitored. Please
do not contact individual teachers directly by e-mail unless they have asked you to do so.

Pupil Illness

Should a pupil appear unwell or display any of the symptoms of Covid-19, they should not be sent to
school. Symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need
    to measure your temperature), or;
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more
    coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual), or;
  • anosmia – the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell (it can also affect your sense of
    taste)

Finally, I have been reminded over the last two weeks that what makes Bloomfield special is the
interaction between pupils and staff. It is fantastic to have the pupils back again after so long; we have
missed them.

Kind regards

Principal's Signature

Principal

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