Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you and your family are safe and well.
Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Sunday and further guidelines issued by the Department for Education over the past few days, it has been suggested that schools will begin to reopen from Monday 1st June for certain year groups and with certain conditions and limits imposed, including reduced class sizes.
As a school we are monitoring the situation very closely and are currently reviewing our own practices, policies and provision to ensure that we can operate as safely as possible and within the safety guidelines set out by the government. There is a lot to consider and to organise before we can begin a phased return of children to school and I want to reassure you that we will follow the guidance carefully and also rely on our professional judgement. Our most important aim is to ensure the safety or our children and school community. We are currently developing draft plans, which we will continue to work on over the next few weeks, and we will share these with you before 1st June.
At the moment, we know that the government would like schools to open for nursery aged pupils, Reception, Year 1, Year 6, children of key workers and vulnerable pupils, where possible, with children being taught in smaller groups which will be kept apart throughout the school day. However, the government have also said that parents will not be penalised if they choose to keep their children at home and I would like to reassure you that we will fully support you if decide not to send your child to school.
The dates and guidelines outlined by the Government are provisional and are dependent upon what happens over the next few weeks with regards to the five rules that the Government has set out for the relaxing of lock-down.
In the short-term, nothing has changed and, over the coming weeks, our teachers will continue to provide activities to support learning at home and keep in regular contact with you. I will provide further information in the coming days and weeks, once I am able to do so and I will write to all parents and carers again by the 21st May with updated guidance and arrangements for a return to school.
Head of Primary