Dear Parents and Carers,
School Opening from 15th June 2020
Following the recent government announcement regarding a phased return to school for some pupils, we have been working closely to establish what is right for our school and planning accordingly. The council is supporting schools in the county and have provided a risk assessment, which is designed to put the health and safety of children first. The staff have been working extremely hard to prepare the building and make the necessary changes. Everyone has taken a key role in this as we realise how vital it is. I am very grateful for their continued commitment and extreme professionalism under these difficult circumstances.
Parents should be aware that these plans may be subject to change at short notice as further guidance becomes available from the government or changes are needed within school to ensure we meet the required safety standards. Following our planning and risk assessment, we have decided that the following approach best suits the needs of children and families at our school. We have looked at how to organise the teaching spaces and are able to offer the required social distancing in classrooms for these year groups.
We are offering Monday to Friday for our Reception children but this will be for mornings only. We are offering mornings only so children can access school and we can maintain the focus on social distancing for this shorter period. It is unfortunate that due to the necessary distancing, the classrooms are formally set out with desks separated and some children will initially find this daunting. However, this is necessary to meet the safety requirements.
We are not opening nursery at this stage and will delay the start for all nursery children until we have established if it is safe for them to return. Nursery children will join at a later date when we can ensure that we can offer the necessary social distancing in the separate areas in the school.
Your support and understanding are greatly appreciated during this wider opening of schools. We know that for parents who are eligible to send their children to school, this is a very difficult decision to make. I have included a list of Questions and Answers that may offer more information but we will respect and support your decision at this time.
Mrs Laura Snowdon (Headteacher)
Questions & Answers
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