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Headteacher's update 22 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We look forward to welcoming some of the children of key workers and children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back to school on Monday 1st June. As I said in my previous letter it is your choice whether your child returns to school and fines will not be issued to those who choose not to send their child to school.

We ask that only one parent brings their child to school and they use the entrance relevant to their child’s year group. If possible can children in KS2 and especially year 6 be dropped off at the gate so that parents are not on the school premises. If this is not possible please watch them go into school from the yard. We also ask that parents do not stay on the school premises after dropping their children off. Unfortunately we will not be able to allow parents into school.

As I outlined in my previous letter children will work in ‘bubbles’ and these bubbles will socially distance from other bubbles in school.  The children in these Bubbles will remain the same every day. We will not have whole school Collective Worship or other such gatherings. Staff will work with the same Bubble each day they are in school as much as possible. The Bubbles will not mix during playtimes and lunch times and these will be slightly staggered.

Children will have access to resources throughout the day, but these will be restricted so that they can be cleaned appropriately at the end of each day. Where possible, children will be given their own desks and pens etc to use. They will be wiped after each use. Other resources used will be cleaned at the end of each day. Surfaces will be wiped down regularly throughout the day with an appropriate antibacterial spray.

Adults will socially distance from each other and when possible from the children. Government guidance does not expect that we will be able to keep all children 2m apart all the time when in their Bubble - especially younger children. School could not promise or be expected to do this over the longer term as more children are integrated back into the building.

All children will be supported in washing their hands frequently throughout the day. Children will be taken outside as much as possible to utilise the space we have. The risk of transmission is reduced when in the open air.

Lessons for those children not in school will continue to be put on Tapestry and Class Dojo. School lunches will be provided and can be booked in the normal way using Lunch Shop. We will provide breakfast club, after school club and 30 hours child care and this must also be booked using lunch shop. We cannot accept money or cheques in school.

If you know that your child will not be returning to school please can you let me know so that I know they are safe.

The Government have said that they will review whether its five key tests have been met on 28th May so this may be subject to change. I would like to thank you again for your support in this difficult time and wish you all a very happy half term.

With best wishes


Nicola Smallwood.