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Update about School Opening

As you are aware we have opened our doors for children in Reception, Year 1 and for key worker parents, this is an update on how we plan to move forward.

Firstly, I want to say thank you to all the staff for their hard work in getting the school ready for returning children to ensure they and the staff are safe. If you haven’t seen the very informative videos made yet, please have a look on the school’s website. We have only been back for 2 days but so far the children have settled back into the new routine with very little fuss.

I would also like to thank the parents dropping off their children following social distancing rules, adhering to our one-way system and following our staggered drop off and pick up times.

I know for some of our parents they are still unsure on whether to send their children back or not. This is very understandable. However, to help the school move forward and to enable us to adhere to government guidance on safe practice we need the following to happen.

• If you are a parent of a child in reception or year 1 and haven’t yet decided to send your child in but later change your mind, we will need you to let us know by the end of school on Tuesday the week before you plan on taking up your child’s place. This will allow us to allocate places in classrooms that are open, as well as organise appropriate resources and send you a letter with how the school is operating and the expectations in place. Your child will then be able to take up their place the following Monday.
• The information above is also for key worker parents who at this stage have not taken up a place at school for their child/ren to follow as well.
• If you require a lunch for your child to take home with you, you will need to order at the office by Wednesday pm at the latest to get it the following week.

Children of families shielding
As it currently stands the advice below for children in families currently shielding has not changed. I am aware there has been some lifting of what is now allowed but not enough to allow children to return to school safely. When we receive more guidance we will update the information as needed.

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.

Thank you for your support. The school will continue to keep you informed of our next steps when they arise and dependent on government guidance. 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. Keep safe and enjoy the sunshine.

Yours sincerely,
Wayne Roberts

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