Re: Wider Opening of School
I hope that you are managing to stay safe and well, have had a good half term and enjoyed time as a family.
The school has, and will remain to be, open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. It is now time for us to open more widely in line with government guidance.
I am writing to let you know that after extensive work, planning and much preparation, our school is getting nearer to be able to extend our offer to more children. We want to make the environment as safe as it can be given the exceptionally difficult and unusual circumstances. Nothing we do can take away every risk.
Thank you to the parents in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who responded to the parent survey about wider opening of the school. We have looked at all of the information and have used it to make lots of plans in preparation to open the school for more children. We have been working on:
- Carrying out a risk assessment– the assessment will directly address risks associated with coronavirus so that sensible measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children and staff.
- Making sure that children and young people do not attend if they or a member of their household has symptoms of Coronavirus.
- Promoting regular hand washing for 20 seconds
- Cleaning more frequently to get rid of the virus on frequently touched surfaces
- Minimising contact through smaller classes referred to as ‘bubbles’ and changing the environment as much as possible, such as changing the layout of classrooms.
- Reducing mixing between ‘bubbles’ through timetable changes, such as staggered break and lunch times and by introducing staggered drop-off and collection times at different times.
Using the results from the parent survey, we aim to start inviting children to school and send more information for moving forward, including new arrangements for dropping off and collecting children and also our new expectations. Please wait to hear from us before sending any children into school; we will contact you directly to offer a place.
We are aiming to stagger the reopening of the school – starting with Reception and Nursery children from the 8th June. Any new groups of children that will be returning to school will join those already attending.
If this is successful, we hope to increase ‘bubbles’ to include Year 1 children on 15th June and Year 6 children on the 22nd.
Children who are not attending school will continue to receive learning from their teacher and a regular call to support them.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your understanding and support at this most difficult time to enable us to do the very best for everyone in our community. As a partnership we will continue to move forward together.
Mrs M Kokotsis