16th May 2020
I hope you are all keeping well and managing with the continued restrictions around life in lockdown.
Last Sunday we all heard from the Prime Minister that there are some easing of lockdown restrictions and that schools will be returning in June in some form for certain year groups.
The government documentation has offered some clarification for schools. Part of this advice guides schools to begin to prepare for the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return to school from 1st June 2020. Guidance has been updated from the government (Department for Education) throughout the week and there may be other points we need to consider as we prepare for returning children.
I have spoken with other head teachers, school staff and school Governors and we have considered the best way forward for the coming weeks. For clarity, as we plan to re-open in a phased way, we will need to follow the government guidance on the required health and safety measures. Any partial re-opening would be likely to involve a staggered drop off and collection times; children would be in classes of no more than 15 with staggered lunchtimes. As you can imagine this is logistically very challenging; it is the detail of this that we are working on at the moment.
I would like to thank you for your continued support and patience. We are developing a plan that we believe to be the best model and one that places the health, safety and well-being of children, parents and staff at its centre, which is our priority. We are working on procedures and we will be sending out further information which will explain how we plan to work and hopefully provide clarity and reassurance about a return to school. We will be aiming to make any school return as smooth as possible for everyone.
For any child not returning to school work will continue to be set via DOJO. We thank-you for the great work you are doing on this.
We understand that the government hope that all year groups will return before the end of the summer term and we will bring you updates on these as we get them.
Simon Chilvers (Chair of Governors)