Dear parents and carers,
Can I first take this opportunity to thank you all for your unwavering support during the school closure. You have no idea just how valuable a short message can boost morale for the team.
I have been a teacher for over 20 years and this is my 4th Year as Headteacher, and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that our profession would be dealing with something like this. I did not receive any training and there is not a handy book entitled, “What to do in a global pandemic: a guide for headteachers.” If I’m perfectly honest, I’m doing my very best, taking guidance from the Department of Education, The Local Authority and the Unions. I am considering the health and safety of our staff and children and consulting with you, the parents and carers, where I can. I thank you for your patience, whilst I have collected all the information, so I could present it to you today.
As you know, the Government announced that schools should reopen to children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 (then later added Nursery aged children too) from the 1st June. This came as quite a shock to the profession and parents nationally. We were not expecting this decision and are still not clear as to why these year groups have been chosen. However, we must make some plans to accommodate this decision.
We have decided not to put any solid plans in place, until we know exactly how many children will be attending if we open on the 1st June. Please see the attached guidance, which answers questions which we thought you may need in order to make an informed decision about bringing your child back to school. I make no apologies for the length of the document. There is just so much to consider and I may not have covered it all. If there is something I have not answered, please do not hesitate to message me on Dojo. I suggest you find a quiet place, make a cup of tea and take some time to digest its contents.
I am asking parents and carers to make a decision by the end of Wednesday 20th May. Parents of critical workers, vulnerable pupils, years Nursery, Reception, One and Six must send their decision via Class Dojo to Miss Howe. Please include your decision, whether you are a critical worker and an up-to-date contact number, which we will test later in the week. If you have decided not to send your child, it is still helpful to let us know this too.
Once we have an idea of numbers, I will let parents know about groups, who their teacher will be, drop offs and pick ups, and any other information you may need by the end of the week.
*Reopening on 1st June may still not go ahead if the 5 tests, set by the Government, aren’t met
*School will not return to “normal” it will be very different
*We respect your decision whether or not you decide to bring your child to school
*The health and safety of staff and children will come first, no matter what
*We want our children back to school more than anyone but will only do so if it is safe.
Thank you once again for taking the time to read this and the document attached.