22nd May 2020
It has been quite a week with information about whether schools will reopen to more children or not. Thank you to all parents who have replied confirming if they would like their children to return to school at this time. I was really honest with you all about how the school will look as it will be very different to what the children were used to.
We are not sure what the government will finally decide on the 28th May but we are planning for a gradual opening of school, firstly for more vulnerable and key worker children. Because of the amount of work involved with assessing risk, resourcing and preparing the school for the safe increase of pupils, school will not be increasing the amount of children in school until we have everything in place. For key worker parents who I have been in touch with this week and would now like a place in school, I will be in touch when school is ready and let you know a date when your children can come into school. I am hoping this will be as soon after 1st June as we possibly can but it will be later than originally anticipated.
It is half term next week and we have not set any work for the children to complete as I am sure you will want to enjoy the sunshine and have a break from supporting your children to access their learning. After half term, we are setting learning through a specific subject or topic. As I said in my previous letter, this is to keep the children motivated but also it is to ensure teachers can balance home learning with their responsibilities in school. Teachers are working really hard and want to do their best for every child both in school and learning at home. Hopefully, with our plan moving forward, teachers will work in teams to be able to do both, although it may be that your child has feedback from another teacher at times if they are learning at home.
Over half term, we have to ensure we have contacted every family to make sure you are all ok. A google form will be sent out on Tuesday for you to complete (the same as that sent out over Easter). Please would you mind completing as soon as you can as otherwise we will have to ring and make house visits if we do not hear from you. Thank you so much in advance for this.
We have been asked by several parents about changes to school uniform come September which have gone out this week. It would be a waste if your child has not outgrown their current uniform to buy new and I would not expect you to do this, particularly when they have not worn their uniform since March. Please can I ask that when you do need to buy new uniform, you buy what is now our school uniform policy. Apologies that this was not made clear when we sent the information out.
I hope you have enjoyed our virtual sports week. We have loved seeing all the pictures shared!
Have a lovely half term break.
Thank you as ever for all the support you are giving.