Regarding the Possible Phased Re-opening of School.
Our apologies that we have not be in touch sooner.
As you know the government has asked primary schools to begin a phased reopening for pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on June 1st.
This is huge challenge and undertaking for us as a school - especially with our youngest children.
Please know that there is a lot of work that we are currently doing around this and that we still need to do. We are working furiously behind the scenes to risk assess and plan a way forwards and we will be in touch along the way to give your further information as we have it. I am in the fortunate position of having friends in Denmark working in the profession who have already been through this process. I have been able to draw upon the positive experiences that they have had there as a guiding model and we are also being supported by Swindon.
I enclose a link to the guidance for parents from the department for education on the reopening of schools:
We would like to make the following clear:
- You have a parental choice and are not required to send your child into school. Every family circumstance is different and we will support you in whatever decision you make. You will not be fined if you choose not to send your child to school.
- Pupils will be in groups of no more than 15 and the safety of everyone will be our number one priority
- If you do choose to send your child to school, they will still receive all of the same love, care and support but we need to make clear that it cannot and will not be school as usual because of the restricted size of classes (point 2). We will not be able to offer the full curriculum and children may be in different classes, with different staff members.
- To enable us to deep clean and control social distance of parents at drop off and pick up times it is highly unlikely that we will be able to offer full time school and offer a place for all children every week, but we are still working out these finer details.
- Home learning will continue to be provided but there will be a drop off in terms of the amount and quality of feedback and some other elements as staff will also need to be in school.
As our next step in this process, we will shortly be sending out a survey to parents who have pupils in the following year groups:
Year 1 and Year 6
Please complete this ASAP and by Friday at the latest so that we have an idea of the numbers of pupils that we can expect.
Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time
Mrs Paula Phillips