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Return to school September 2020 - COVID19

Welcome back to all our children at Henry Maynard Primary School 

We are really enjoying welcoming children and families back to school this week. It's been lovely to see so many happy, smiley faces and the children have settled into classrooms so well.  

We have worked hard throughout the summer to ensure that children, staff and families are as safe as they can be during this time.   Whilst we understand that some of the measures we have put in place might be frustrating e.g. staggered start and end times, please rest assured that we will constantly review our provision whilst adhering to government guidance every step of the way to ensure our children, families and staff are safe during this time.   Please do check the links below, so you can see this guidance for yourself:-

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm

Translation of Government guidance for parents and carers on early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term

The government has translated it's guidance for parents and carers with children in nursery, school, or college in the autumn term.    The guidance is now available in the following languages:


Any questions?

In the meantime, we continue to gather questions from families and ask that families take a look at our frequently asked questions section on this page to find the answer to any queries, comments or concerns you may have.  If you cannot find the answer to your questions, please email us via our new email address for Covid Return to school email address via 


Maynard Road Drop-off and collection arrangements

Start of the day at Maynard Road.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we bring the children back into school this week and beyond.    With each day we are making small adjustments to our plans, so have captured this below for families:-

  • Please bring your child to the school gate at your allocated drop off time.
  • When your child has entered the school gate please move away from the gate so others can enter. Please maintain social distancing during this time. 
  • While waiting for your slot please do NOT wait in the road for the safety of you and your child, despite Maynard Road being a School Street cars are still driving up the road. 
  • Please consider wearing a face mask if you are going to be waiting in one area for quite some time, or if the area is quite busy. 





Start time

End time

Year 2

Grasshopper               Butterfly



Year 2

Dragonfly                    Ladybird



Year 1

Birch                             Willow



Year 1

Oak                               Sycamore





End of the day collection from Maynard Road.

  • Please arrive on time for your allocated pick up time.
  • We will now be asking adults collecting to line up and queue along the pavements on either side of the gate according to your child's class. Signs outside school will indicate which pavement to line up along. Please maintain social distancing in the queue.
  • Class staff will ask the adult at the front of the queue for their child's name and call the child from the class line to the adult.
  • As in any year staff will be getting to know new pick up adults in their class and this might initially take a little longer.
  • If you are too early in the queue you will be asked to queue again. 
  • Once you have collected your child please move away from the gate and please do not line up or congregate in the road. 
  • If you have questions or need to have a longer conversation with the class staff please pass a message on through the school office or through the school email. 
  • Please consider wearing a face mask if you are going to be waiting in one area for quite some time, or if the area is quite busy. 





Addison Road Drop-off and collection arrangements


Start of the day at Addison Road. 

Thank you for your understanding as we manage the safe return to school. The children will now go straight to their classes from the school gate, apart from Year Three, as they are new to the school building. You may use any of the gates to drop off, but be aware that the majority of parents are using the Wilson Street entrance – if you are in Y3 or 5, the Maynard Path entrance or Community Gardens Entrance may be more convenient. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible please:-


  • Maintain social distancing as you wait to drop off. 
  • Move away from the school gate as soon as you have dropped your child off 
  • Please use the pavements and do not wait in the road
  • Come to the school gate only at your allocated time – please download the school app if you have not already, as this is where all the times are communicated. Communications are also on the school website. 
  • Please consider wearing a face mask if you are going to be waiting in one area for quite some time, or if the area is quite busy. 



Addison Road site – Wilson Street entrance gates, Maynard Road Community Gardens and Maynard Passage gates in the morning or Wilson Street/Maynard Passage at collection time (each class has been allocated a gate).



Start time

End time

Year 3



Year 4



Year 5



Year 6




End of the day collection from Addison Road. 

As we communicated earlier this week, you will have been allocated a gate to pick up from, and if there is a problem due to timings, you will have communicated that to us – again thank you for your patience in this matter. 

  • Y5/6 parents please complete the walk home/mobile phone form on the school app if it is applicable 
  • If you are collecting your child, please arrive at the correct time and gate and maintain social distancing. 
  • Please move away from the gate as soon as you have collected your child and adhere to Government advice on social distancing.. 
  • We are asking the children to alert us to when they see their parents – as you know September can be slower as the teachers get to know you. 
  • We will now be organising parents into the class groups – so please look out for the signs at the gate, so that the class teacher will be able to spot you more quickly. Please make the teacher aware when your child has raised their hand – as you can imagine, this will be time consuming at the beginning, but these procedures should get quicker as we get to know each other.
  • Please consider wearing a face mask if you are going to be waiting in one area for quite some time, or if the area is quite busy. 


Year 3 and 4 Collection Point

Year 5 and 6 Collection Point

Summer & Winter -collect from Maynard Passage- 2:45pm

Spring & Autumn -collect from Wilson Street - 2:45pm

Saxon & Norman - collect from Wilson St - 2:35pm

Roman & Viking -collect from Maynard Passage -2:35pm

Mercury & Mars -collect from Maynard Passage-   2:55pm

Saturn & Neptune -collect from Wilson Street -   2:55pm

Sapphire & Topaz- collect from Wilson St -        3:05pm

Emerald & Ruby -collect from Maynard Passage     -3:05pm




Advice from Waltham Forest about children returning to school

Useful information about partial school reopening Summer 2020

All Key workers and families of vulnerable children/children with EHC must complete and return this form to school via

What school might look like from June 2020

Photos of how our classrooms will look from 1st June.

While We Can't Hug - video about social distancing

Hedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they're not allowed to touch. From the creators of the internationally adored The Hug, Eoi...

Supporting your child's well being when returning to school


Check in with them regularly and remind them that:


It’s normal to feel scared – nerves actually help us prepare for challenges.

It may take time for them to feel settled, and that’s OK.

They might get things wrong as they get used to a new situation.

They’ve coped with big changes in the past and can do it again.

They can talk to you or someone at school if they’re worried.


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