Dear Parents and Carers,
Government's Proposed Phased Opening of Primary Schools
I just wanted to say a few more words regarding the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday that schools should prepare to increase their provision to include a greater number of Key Worker/Vulnerable children, Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children from the 1st June.
Understandably, there has been a lot of speculation, news reports and coverage of the proposed reopening of schools this week. The Government has also released a number of guidance documents, with the latest one being published late last night. There are extensive ongoing discussions at both a local and national level to ensure that the timing and guidance enables us to implement this in the safest possible way, both for the children and for the staff. The Bath and Wells Trust is being extremely proactive and supportive in their guidance throughout this period.
I wanted to reassure parents that a considerable amount of time is being spent considering the best way to proceed and how this could be organised, with the wellbeing and safety of the children and staff at the heart of all our discussions. There is nothing we all want more than for children to return to school and continue their education. We really miss the children, families and the buzz of lively classrooms, playgrounds and corridors. We will explore every option and consider every angle in order to get children back in school in the safest way possible.
Once these discussions conclude I will be able to finalise, and share with you, our plan. In the meantime, to support your discussions at home, the following are certain:
· The safety and well-being of all members of our school community remains our number one priority.
· There will not be an obligation for you to send your child to school and parents will not be penalised for non-attendance.
· The children will operate in small ‘bubble’ classes of no more than 15 and will not mix with the other children.
· We will not be able to guarantee your child will be taught by their usual class teacher.
· We have invested in increased hand sanitisers and cleaning products.
Shortly a survey will be emailed to families with children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in order to establish your intentions for phased reopening. If you do not receive this by Monday morning please contact the Junior School office using this email firstname.lastname@example.org
I will continue to keep you updated with any developments as we move forward.
As always, we appreciate all your support and understanding during this difficult time.
St Saviour’s Infant Church School and St Saviour’s Junior Church School