I am writing this letter to provide you with an update and what we are intending to do as a school after Half Term.
Classes attending school on June 1st
As per government guidance we are intending to open the school on June 1st for vulnerable children, children of key workers and children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. The government have said, however, that Reception, Years 1 and 6 will only attend if the “Five Key Tests” have been met. The children will be placed in groups of no more than 15. We will then make sure the children in these groups stay within their own “bubble” and do not mix with any other children in school. Their contact with staff will be limited to their designated teacher or teaching assistant to ensure the safety of children and staff at all times.
However, the guidance also goes onto say, that if we do not have enough staff to support all children safely or the space in school, our priority groups will need to change. In that case our focus will then be vulnerable children, children of key workers and children in Reception and Year 1.
We are working hard to ensure we can cater for all groups at this stage.
Children of families shielding
If a child, young person or staff member lives in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable (People who are clinically extremely vulnerable should have received a letter telling them they are in this group or have been told by their GP.) they will not be allowed to return to school until further notice. This is to ensure the safety of the household. This also means I will not be returning to school at this stage and Mrs. Morris will be taking the lead in my absence, supported by all the staff. I will be supporting the school from home.
▪ At the moment we have a draft plan which will be finalised in the next couple of days. However, here are some key points on what we will be expecting. These are being put into place to ensure we follow government guidance as well as trying to ensure the safety of all.The school carpark will be closed to all cars except for staff. This is to allow us to set up a two-way path system that will ensure there is a 2 metre gap between pedestrians.
▪ Only one adult will be allowed to drop off and pick up their child and no other children where possible will be allowed unless they are attending our school on this day.
▪ There will be a one-way system for movement around the school. All people will enter from the double gates to drop off and pick up their child/children and will follow the path and exit at the reception entrance by the staffroom.
▪ Government guidance has advised that children wear clean clothes daily. We do not want to put our parents under undue pressure to wash school uniform every evening so for this period of time children can attend school in non-uniform.
▪ Children will be entering their classrooms from the following points:
▪ Reception children will enter either their normal entrance or the entrance into the music room depending on their group.
▪ Year 1 children will enter their normal entrance and will go to either the Year 1 or 2 classroom depending on their group.
▪ Other key workers and vulnerable children will enter from the outside entrances of the Year 3 or 4 classroom (depending on their group)
▪ Year 6 children will enter either of the entrances to the Year 5 or 6 classroom depending on their group.
▪ There will be no breakfast club or after school clubs during this time
Thank you for your support. I will keep you informed of our next steps when we have finalised them. In the meantime, I hope everyone is keeping well in these very difficult circumstances. Rest assured we want to do the very best for our children.