Re-opening School June 2020
Message from Mrs Norman
Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
I am sure that you have seen on the news that the prime minister Boris Johnson has said that primary schools need to reopen to some pupils on 1st of June. These pupils will be nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6. He has also said that he hopes all primary school children will return to school before the summer break.
All the staff are excited to be able to see the children again as we have missed them. We are working really hard to ensure that we can reopen school in the safest way possible and adhere to the government recommendations, however, this presents us with lots of challenges.
- Class sizes need to be much smaller, no more than 15 children per class. Initially we can do this as there will be a limited number of children in, however this will be very difficult when / if all the children return. Like all schools we will not have the space or the staff numbers for all the children to be in school all the time. There are a number of solutions to this, however it will mean we will all have to be flexible. I will, of course keep you updated with any decisions made.
- Some staff will not be able to come to work as they fall into the vulnerable category or are shielding loved ones at home. We have made plans to make sure that there is enough staff to care for and educate your children, however it might mean that there are different adults in your children’s classrooms.
- Social distancing is going to be a huge challenge in school, which is why class sizes need to dramatically shrink. We have a plan and we can do it, but we will need your support to ensure everyone is kept as safe as possible. I will share the plan with you in the not too distant future so you and your children can be prepared when we do reopen.
- We will need to continue to provide childcare for those children of keyworkers who do not fall into the year groups that are back into school. Again, we have made provision for this and will continue to do so until all children return to school. Breakfast club will only be available to keyworker chidlren.
- The hygiene and cleaning levels will need to be maintained throughout the whole day. School would usually be cleaned in the morning and in the evening, however it will need to be done throughout the day to ensure we reduce the chances of it spreading. We have solved this problem as Mrs Wilkins, the caretaker, will be on site all day to keep on top of this, ensuring the school is cleaned down throughout the day. We have already increased our stocks of cleaning products and hand sanitisers to ensure we have enough.
For those children not returning to school straight away, teachers will continue to provide home learning. This will be in the format of a weekly sheet and it will get published on the website.
Please be reassured that we are doing everything possible to ensure that all the pupils and staff will be safe in school. We will be using the government guidelines as a minimum standard. I know some of you will be very nervous about sending your children into school and we understand this, however you are strongly encouraged to do so. There will be exceptions to this, for example if your children’s health means they fall into the critically vulnerable group or a member of your close household needs shielding. We can discuss individual cases closer to the time of return.
Whilst school is only partially open we will continue to provide food hampers for Pupil Premium children and if your child is in school we will of course provide a hot dinner.
As always, a huge thank you for your support and understanding, it makes our job easier. I am confident that if we all work together we will be able to return to school in the safest way possible. It won’t be normal and what we were used to, but I can guarantee you that it will be the best that we can offer.
Stay safe and stay well and we will see you all very soon.