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Marlow Church of England Infant School

The COVID Pandemic & our school

Throughout the COVID pandemic, our school remained open. During the first national Lockdown which started on 23rd March 2020, we provided schooling for the children of key workers and other vulnerable children. From 1st June 2020 onwards we reopened more fully, firstly for Reception children and then for Year 1 and finally for Year 2. By the beginning of July, we had around 92% of our children back in school for at least 3 days a week. 

In September 2020 we opened fully to all children, although we continued to operate with restrictions. We were unable to welcome parents into school for class worship or to help in class or for Harvest Festival, Nativity Plays and the many other occasions we love to share with our school families. Each year group remained separate from the others in school during lessons, school worship and lunch break with staggered start and finish times to minimise contact between children and staff in different year groups as much as possible. Although a second national Lockdown was announced on 5th November schools remained open during this period. We finished for the Christmas break having concluded a very successful, if strange, term at school with our attendance levels being exceptional despite the continuing pandemic. 

Our school staff returned for an inset day on Monday 4th January 2021 planning for the coming term with the children expected to arrive back in school the next day. Sadly, at 8 pm that evening, we discovered our plans for the term were going to have to be completely changed with the announcement of a third national Lockdown to include the closure of schools. 

We, again, remained open for key worker and vulnerable children providing remote learning for our other pupils until schools fully opened once more on Monday 8th March.

The links to the right include photographs and details of some of the learning that happened in school and at home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

embody a Christian and spiritual community

Throughout all the Lockdowns and the continuing pandemic our school has remained true to its Vision and staff, pupils and families have all kept our Values of respect, kindness, perseverance, forgiveness, thankfulness and service at the heart of everything they have done.

At the start of the new school year in September 2021 we returned to school with as near to 'pre pandemic' conditions as we could. Children are now enjoying whole school worship, breaktime and lunchtime and school clubs without having to remain apart from other 'bubbles' 

Two years on, we still continue to encourage hand hygiene, maintain good ventilation and clean contact points regularly to ensure pupils, staff and visitors are kept as safe as possible.