Coronavirus- Information for parents (updated 26.06.20)
Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, I would like to thank you all for the fantastic support that you have given us over the past couple of months. We really do feel thankful for all of your messages; it has made an incredibly difficult time a lot easier.
As many of you are aware, we are being updated by the Government regarding any developments during the pandemic relevant to schools, at the same time and in the same way that you are. The senior team and governors are still regularly adapting risk assessments when announcements are made that take into account the impact of these on our school, and ultimately our children.
Many of you have questions regarding arrangements for the summer holidays and for when the children return in the autumn term. Our position is the same as the vast majority of other schools in the country; we are still awaiting further guidance from the Government, until this is received, we cannot give our families any exact details.
However, I think it is only fair to inform you that as I write this newsletter, we do not currently plan to open the school over the summer break. Many staff have worked throughout the pandemic without a break and to ensure the health and wellbeing of the staff in the long term, we intend to close as planned on Friday 10th July to all children, including those of key workers. The Government may direct us to open and if this is the case I will inform you, but I feel that parents need as much notice as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.
The Prime Minister has pledged that all schools will reopen fully after the summer. Without some significant changes to the current guidelines, I am not sure how this will be possible. Again, we are still awaiting further guidance from the government.
After the summer, until we are directed further we are planning a part time, phased return to school, with blended home learning in order to transition all children back into school. This will be for all children including key worker’s children. Alongside this there will be additional transition for our most vulnerable and SEND children. This is so that the children are sure of routines and are familiar with their new teachers and classmates, before the whole school safely returns. As with all of our planning, the aim is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children and staff. This provisional plan is subject to change when further guidance is received from the Government. We will confirm details as soon as we are able to.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please email email@example.com
Thank you for your ongoing support.
The government list of key workers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
If you feel that you are a critical worker and have no other options for childcare, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We may have to prioritise who we can support. This may vary on a week by week and need basis.
We aim to provide childcare at school between the hours of 8.45am and 3.25pm.