Planning to open the school
Firstly, can I thank you all for the amazing support you have given the school and the effort you have all put into home schooling. I truly hope you have cherished the time with your family. Thank you!
Over the last week or so, you will have seen plenty in the news regarding the governments plans to start to partially reopen school, if deemed safe, on the 1st of June. All teachers are really keen to get the children back into school, but this must also be safe for all involved.
As a school, we are working with the ever-changing guidance to plan to open for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. This clearly presents challenges for all involved to ensure that we are adhering to the very detailed guidance to ensure everyone is safe.
To enable us to plan further, we will be contacting you via phone or text to ask you to indicate your intentions for your children to attend school. Currently, the government have no plans to insist on attendance or to fine you for non-attendance. It is a decision that you, as families, have to make.
We have planned, as much as possible, to maintain guidance of social distancing, good hygiene and creating ‘bubbles’ of pupils and adults. However, I am not going to pretend to you that we will ever be able to guarantee social distancing in any school. Schools by their very nature, and young children in their own inquisitive phase of learning and growing will find it incredibly difficult to maintain.
School will be very different. Freedom of movement around school will be limited, and children will be expected to stay in their own space, only mixing with pupils in their ‘bubbles’. Our classrooms cannot accommodate 15 pupils per class – despite the government’s intentions, so our groups will be smaller. Some of the groups will have their teachers and others will have a learning support assistant to ensure that the same adult is with them until it is safe to adjust.
There will have to be a staggered start and finish to school for all groups to enable safe entrance and exit to school. Lunchtime too, will be spent in their bubbles. Hand washing and constant cleaning of the school spaces will happen throughout the day.
There will be no school on a Friday afternoon for all groups, including those who have been accessing the school throughout lockdown, as this will enable us to deep clean the school and enable staff to have their planning time. There will be no breakfast and after school clubs for the foreseeable future.
If you think that your child fits into the keyworker or vulnerable children group, you must talk to school leaders before sending your child to school.
As you can imagine, this is a very difficult situation and we are striving to do what we can in the circumstances. I am sure you will have many questions. I will not lie to you, so do we, but please be reassured that we are asking and seeking the answers to these.
Please can you respond with your intentions when we contact you.
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