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Letter regarding School opening

A letter from the Head regarding School Opening 1st June. 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Firstly, can I say thank you to you all for your support of our school and its staff during this turbulent time. This pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but you have been amazing. We have loved seeing the photos that you have sent into school and hearing all your stories about the learning you have been doing at home. While we know it hasn’t always been easy, you have always been fantastic. 

 

I’m sure you are aware of the Government’s plan to reopen schools to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on 1st June 2020, should it be safe to do so.  This does not apply to special schools and pupils from any year may be offered a place alongside the children of key workers. Thank you for all the responses to the survey sent out, this has given us a clear indication of how you are feeling and the level of demand for places in school.

 

I am writing to you today to explain our initial plans of how we hope to achieve this. One thing I would like to make clear from the beginning however, is that you do not have to send your child back to school yet. If you choose to keep your child or children at home with you, you have every right to do so and will not receive a fine or any consequences for this choice.  I understand and respect your decision on this.

 

Another issue I wish to make you aware of as quickly as possible is that, whilst the safety of your child is our upmost priority, as many of you have raised, we cannot guarantee all safety measures. I cannot guarantee a two-metre social distancing space between your child and others at all times.  As you know some of pupils will not understand this rule or be able to adhere to it.  Also, no matter how thoroughly we adhere to safety measures both socially and hygienically, I cannot guarantee that your child will not catch the virus. I feel you need to know this so that you can make an informed decision for the safety of your child.

 

For the children who return to school after the 1st June, we will spilt them into small groups of around 5 with staff (3 members of staff) working on a rota system each week.   We expect that the number of children in each group to increase over June and July. These groups will not be the same as their previous class and I cannot say for sure that it will be an adult from their pre-lockdown class. This group will be the group they will go outside with, have lunch with and socialise with while we have to keep social distancing measures in place. We also at this time cannot ensure that your child will be in a group with their friends.  Activities in school will have educational value but will not be “lessons” in the same way as before lockdown.

 

 We will be following these procedures to help reduce risk: 

  • Children will enter school using the entrance assigned to their group- this could be the KS1 entrance, main entrance or entrance from the playground
  • Children must wash their hands upon entry to class and throughout the day.
  • Children will be spaced out in class with their own workstation, space or area.
  • Staff will be wearing masks, please prepare your child for this difference.
  • For any child displaying symptoms of the virus; a cough or temperature, loss of taste or smell, we will ask for them to be collected and your family must isolate for 14 days.
  • We will ask parents to collect any children who are unable to adhere to these procedures.
  • Classrooms and toilets are rigorously cleaned at the end of each day.

 

In order to minimise any chance of spreading the coronavirus, children will not be allowed to bring in anything from home apart from a packed lunch. This includes toys, books, pens, snacks, phones etc… The school will provide each child with their own pencil, ruler, rubber, pens, resources such as books, playdoh and any other classroom equipment they require. These will stay in school and will be used only by your child.  All toys are sterilised at the end of day. 

 

If you initially wish to send your child back, but then become uncomfortable or find it is too disruptive, you may stop bringing them to school. Also, should you keep them off and then the infection rate drops, and you wish to send them in then you may do so. I know it is difficult, but it is completely your choice.

 

The places in school will be limited at first, we are working with Children’s services to allocate places in the first instance.  You will be contacted by the school if your child has a place.  As the infection rate drops we will then expand the places in school and place more children.  This is just the start of the many plans we will be putting in place.  We will release more information to you as soon as we have it and please be aware that the advice could change rapidly depending on many variables such as Government advice, the rate of infection and so on. 

 

The school will be closed over half term (25th May – 29th May).

 

Thank you very much, once again, for your support.

 

 

Ellie Weatherall

Headteacher