8th June 2020
I hope you are all well. We are excited to be welcoming back some of the children to school. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the children and helping them to settle into the new and different school environment. Lots of things will be strange and different for all of us with the changes we have had to put into place. However please, be reassured that we will do all we can to support the children. The classrooms do look bare but we are sure that once the children are in they will become warm with the sound of children’s voices and laughter.
My first priority is to try to keep the children and staff safe in these uncertain times but also create a relaxed and supportive environment.
I would like to thank the parents for their warm supportive comments and thoughts I have received, this has been really appreciated in these unprecedented times. As a school we have worked hard to prepare a provision that is best for the children within our circumstances. One of the hardest changes will be the keeping separate all of the bubbles and not allowing them to mix or socialise at playtime or lunchtime.
The number of children and adults on site will increase from the 42 key worker children up to a possible 182 during the coming weeks. This means including the number of adults this will be approximately 364 children & adults entering our school site. THIS IS WHY I HAVE ORGANISED THE STAGGERED DROP OFF AND COLLECTION TIMES THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT.
We will endeavour to maintain a 2 metre distance between the pupils whenever we can but as previously stated we cannot guarantee this. We are unable to guarantee this in the classrooms but have spread out the tables the best we can to accommodate the 15 pupils; this has meant removing all the other furniture and resources.
Whilst no one in the school team has been affected with confirmed Covid-19 within their immediate family, several staff have, sadly lost members of their extended families through this virus. We do however have a significant number of staff quarantined or self-isolating because of health conditions within their families. This means that if we have a further increase in the number of children returning to school that we will unfortunately have to reduce the number of days available for children in order to create more bubbles. If a member of staff becomes ill we will have to close that bubble while the member of staff is off work- please check the website banner every morning before school to see if your child’s bubble has had to close.
The safety of your children and my staff and their families are my first concern during this time and any future planning, risk assessments or changes will be led by this. As I have stated before as a school we will do our best endeavours to sustain this. Help us keep our school community safe by following all the guidance about mixing and mingling outside of your home. Sticking strictly to the guidance will help ensure that the you and your child will stay free of the virus
IF YOUR CHILD OR ANYONE IN THEIR FAMILY OR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES THAT THEY HAVE MIXED WITH SHOWS SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 DO NOT BRING THEM INTO SCHOOL. FOLLOW THE ISOLATION PERIOD. IF YOU ARE UNSURE ASK THE OFFICE TO CHECK.