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School Reopening Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for the amazing work that you have all been doing over the last couple of months to support your children’s education. Your contribution and your positivity have been very much appreciated by me and by the rest of the staff.

 

As you know, following the Prime Ministers announcement and further guidelines issued by the Department for Education over the past two weeks, it has been suggested that schools may reopen from Monday 1st June for certain year groups and with certain conditions and limits imposed.

 

As a senior leadership team, we have been monitoring the situation very closely and have been reviewing our own practices, policies and provision to ensure that we can operate as safely as possible and within the guidelines set out by the government. We know that the government would like schools to open for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, alongside the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. However, the government have also said that parents will not be penalised if they keep their children at home. All our families will need to make the final decision based on their personal circumstances and their own family risk assessment. I would like to assure you that there will be no judgement from school regarding the decision you make and we will continue to support all our families during these difficult times. 

 

For those with concerns, I will be completely honest. I cannot guarantee social distancing within a school setting, but we will be doing all that we can to reduce risks as far as possible.

 

I would like to share an overview of our proposed plan for reopening for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, which has been shared with Governors. Please remember that this plan is dependent upon the Government’s decision next Thursday 28th May as to whether the nation can move to the next phase, or whether that next phase will be delayed. I would also like to stress that this plan will be accompanied by a thorough risk assessment.  

Over the first two weeks of June, dependent upon the Government announcement, the school will be open to three of the year groups identified in the Government guidance: Reception, Y1 and Y6, along with the children of key workers and vulnerable children in other year groups.

 

We plan to follow a reduced daily timetable - operating daily between 8.30am and 1.30pm for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Children will have lunch at school. The timetable will run from Monday to Thursday, with the school being closed to children on Friday to all but the children of key workers to enable the cleaning staff to carry out a weekly deep clean of the school.

 

There will be an INSET day for staff on 1st June, followed by Year 6 returning 2nd June. The following week, Reception will be invited to return 8th June followed by Year 1 10th June. Please note that these dates may be subject to change in response to the school’s own risk assessments and Government guidance.

Each year group will be split into groups (which we are calling ‘bubbles’), who will stay together throughout the day, with the same staff, and not mix. To allow adequate social distancing and protection for children and staff, all year groups will be split two or three ways into bubbles of no more than 10 or 15 children. The number of children is dependent on the classrooms used in order to try to ensure social distancing within classrooms. We are currently planning for each bubble to have at least one teacher and one TA. Due to the need for the Reception class to use the Nursery classroom to allow smaller groups of no more than 12 children, it will not be possible for Nursery to return at this time.  Key worker children will continue to attend all week, including Fridays.

 

There will be staggered drop-off (between 8:30 and 9:00am) and pick up times (between 12:30 and 1:30pm) more details of which will be shared in a letter next week. All children will have lunch in their classroom. We ask that parents move on as soon as their child enters the gate to maintain adequate social distancing on the pavement outside school. A member of staff will take children’s temperature on arrival using an infrared contactless thermometer. Year 6 temperatures will be taken by a member of the office staff as the children enter the building. If a child is found to have a temperature on arrival at school, the child will be sent home and the family told to self-isolate for 14 days. Of course, if your child is displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, they must be kept at home. Members of staff will also have their temperature taken by office staff on arrival.

 

Phase 1 of our ‘Return to School Plan’ is as follows:

Year Group

Start time

End time

Start date

Reception

Start time: 8:30-8:40

End time:

Group 1: 12:30-12:40

Group 2: 12:40-12:50

Monday 8 June

Year 1

Start time: 8:40-8:50

End time:

Group 1: 1:00-1:10

Group 2: 1:10-1:20

Wednesday 10 June

Year 6

Start time: 8:50-9:00

End time:

Group 1: 1:20-1:30

Group 2: 1:30

Tuesday 2 June

 

 

 

We are planning to ensure that we maintain home working support as far as possible within the above staff commitments for those children who will not be returning to school and will keep in contact with all families via emails and phone calls.

 

I will keep you updated with current guidance, our action plans and risk assessments. This is an outline of our plans and more details will follow. There will be further information provided to support in the return to school following the Government announcement on Thursday 28th May and I will contact all parents/carers on 29th May, after the announcement has been made.

 

I understand that there may be concerns around children returning to school, so please call to discuss any questions that you have with me or with other members of the SLT.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Ruth Vince,

Head of Primary

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