Update Letter to Parents - 22nd May 2020
Friday 22nd May, 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following the government’s announcement about the possible re-opening of some year groups in primary schools, we have all – staff, parents, pupils and governors – felt very unsure about the plans for after half term. Currently, in many respects, this is still the position we are in.
However, should the government announce next week that schools are to reopen for some year groups, this is our plan for the month of June:
Week Beginning 1st June: School remains open ONLY for the current childcare children 9am until 3pm.
If you are returning to work and are not able to work from home, you may meet the criteria for your child/ren to attend our children provision. Please contact the school office via email to arrange a phone call to discuss your individual circumstances.
A member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) will call a minority of parents and carers of children in all year groups during this week to offer childcare places to some children considered by the government to be vulnerable or who meet our governor agreed criteria for priority childcare.
Week Beginning 8th June: Year 6 children may be able to return to school 9.10am until 3.10pm entering and exiting through the main school entrance.
Week Beginning 15th June: Reception children may be able to return to school arriving between 9.10 & 9.30am until 3.10pm entering and exiting through the George Crescent entrance.
Week Beginning 22nd June: Year 1 children may be able to return to school arriving between 9.10 & 9.30am until 3.10pm entering and exiting through the park entrance.
If school does re-open to include specific year groups, the provision will be primarily childcare. In line with government advice, the children will be in smaller groups or ‘bubbles’ of 10-15 children led by one member of school staff who may be a teacher or a member of support staff (under the direction of a teacher). Each bubble will have an indoor and outdoor space allocated to them and used only by them and there will be limited access to resources to limit the spread of infection. Bubbles will not be allowed to mix.
Due to limited staff availability, it is highly likely the children will be based in a bubble with an adult they are less familiar with and in a room that is not their classroom. The children will be supported to complete the same activities in school that are provided for the children to complete at home and staff will support them with this. The children will be asked to wear their own clothes rather than their school uniform so they can wear freshly laundered clothes every day. Only packed lunches will be available.
School will not be school as you or the children remember it.
It is of crucial that you note the government’s guidance states that “…early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. “
Our parent survey, which was completed for approximately 160 parents or carers, informed us that only 38% of you feel happy to send your children to school from 1st June stating a range of valid reasons. Only you can decide what is right for your child/children and we will support your decision. No parent or carer will be fined for not sending their child/ren to school.
Before we invite additional children into school, a video explaining the new arrangements and procedures you and your child/ren will need to know about and follow will be available on our website for you to refer too. I felt this was easier than writing these in a letter as there are a great number of them.
I will continue to provide information to update you and keep you informed.
Keep well, stay staff and take care!
With Best Wishes,