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18-05-2020 Information on Reopening 1st June 2020

18th May 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Re: update on possible reopening of schools for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6

 

As you are aware the government has asked schools to start to plan for reopening. Thank you for your patience while we waited for further information – the government has now published more guidance, and we can summarise what we know so far below.

 

To recap, if the government thinks it’s safe, schools will reopen from 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils, if the five tests nationally have been met.

 

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be creating a detailed plan to make sure we can safely welcome these year groups back gradually, if it’s safe for us to start the phased reopening of the school then. Precautions we’ll be taking include:

 

  • Limiting class sizes (less than 15)
  • Staggering break times, and pick-up and drop-off times
  • Increased cleaning
  • Keeping pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms at home
  • Starting with a part time provision to ensure that everyone understands the new safety arrangements (staff, pupils and parents)

 

I want to reassure you again that we won’t be pressuring parents to send their children to school as you know what’s best for your child’s health and wellbeing. The first step we need to take, is to ascertain how many parents in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 intend to send their children to school if the school reopens. Please be aware that if we do open, we cannot guarantee that your child will be taught by their usual teacher, be in their friendship group or be in their usual classroom. We will be following the government guidance and will be ensuring that contact is minimized for all groups of children. Social distancing for small children will be a challenge but we will, with your support, teach the children the 2 metre rule and what that looks like in a school environment.

 

If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is in this group, they should not come back to school and should continue home learning. If your child is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), you should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. Please refer to government guidance for further details of these groups.

 

Please be reminded that in the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers.

 

We’ll keep you updated once we know more about when the school will be able to reopen for other year groups. For pupils at home, we’ll continue to support you and your child with home learning, and meal support for those eligible.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the school office parents@whcps.org by email and one of the SLT members will phone you back.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Andrea Hall

Headteacher

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