We have welcomed children in reception and year 1 this week. The children have adjusted well to the changes and appear to be enjoying their time at school.
As you know we have had to put a great deal in place to support children returning to school safely. Now that we have re-introduced groups of children we are in a better position to be able to assess the feasibility of introducing more year groups, particularly nursery. As a result, a decision has been reached that we will not reintroduce nursery children to our setting before the summer holidays as we do not feel that we will be able to maintain the protective measures we have put in place to keep both children and staff as safe as possible if they were to return. We have welcomed the government’s flexible stance on this as it takes into account that schools are all different and will need to manage their risks in different ways. Our youngest children need consistency and operating within the safety guidelines given would create a very uneven provision for our nursery children. Nursery children will continue to receive home learning guidance from their class teacher and we hope that you will continue to engage with this as you have been doing. I am hopeful that we will be in a far better position to offer more consistent and safe provision for our nursery children in September.
As a Headteacher and parent, I understand and appreciate the frustration that this is likely to cause. Having spoken to a number of you I know that you want your children to be safe and want to exercise due caution to satisfy yourselves that you are keeping your children safe. As such many of you may welcome this decision.
We will be welcoming year 6 on Monday 22nd June as we have planned. Staff will be delivering a detailed secondary transition plan to our year 6 cohort. For children who may not be returning to school at this time, they will be able to access the transition pack at home and receive feedback and support from their class teacher via class dojo. It is important that you contact the school to confirm that your child will be attending to ensure that we are able to maintain the protective measures in place and accommodate your request.
Wider school re-opening
The government had initially announced a very ambitious plan to be able to offer provision for more year groups (years 2,3,4 and 5) before the end of the academic year. As much as we would want that to happen, the constraints of maintaining social distancing alongside other practical protective measures makes this unrealistic. I am pleased to see that the government has finally arrived at this realisation and has relaxed its plans. This does however mean that for the vast majority of our children, home learning will continue until the end of this term. As yet, although there is much speculation, it is unclear what schooling will look like in September. Again I am asking for your patience whilst we work our way through the unknown.
As you know staff are always on site and should you have any queries or require further support during this time, please do not hesitate to contact the school office – we will do our utmost to support you as best as we can.
Miss M Bennett