14th May 2020
Re: possible reopening of school to more pupils in June
We know you’ve seen in the news that schools may reopen on 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it’s safe then.
It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure we’re ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.
We’re creating a detailed action plan that we’ll share with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice. Guidance from the government is dripping in slowly and is currently changing daily, this makes planning challenging at the moment.
Definite precautions we’ll be taking include:
If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is in this group, they should not come back to school and should continue home learning. If your child is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), you should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. Please refer to government guidance for further details of these groups.
I want to reassure you that we’re not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school. We’ll keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so you can make an informed decision. Attendance will not be statutory, no fines or penalties will be issued.
In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we’re not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.
We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll keep you updated once we know more about when schools will be able to reopen for other year groups.
If your child will remain at home beyond 1 June, we’ll continue to support you and them with home learning, and meal support for those eligible. Please do continue to stay in touch with us about how your child is getting on.
If you have any questions, please contact me through the school office.
Mrs S. Lees