Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 Provision from 1st June
I wanted to write you to begin to share our initial plans for the possible phased return to school for our Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 from the 1st June.
You will be aware that we are a large Primary School so catering safely for those children that have been identified to be the first to return to school as well as continuing to cater for our Key Workers, will be a challenge. However, we remain optimistic that this can be achieved with careful planning and your support.
We are currently looking at what a phased return will look like for our children. 220 children fall within these identified year groups and our keyworker group. In order to put children into groups of 15, we will need to use 15 classrooms and have the staff to teach and support in each. Given these numbers, children will be taught and supported by different staff in a different class, which will remain as consistent as possible. As well as this, we will need to manage the movement around the school given the strict measures outlined by the Government.
The guidance from the government states that where schools cannot accommodate a return to school for the identified groups, they should prioritise, starting with the youngest children first. Given the numbers of children that we will be accommodating we are planning for a phased return from 1st June.
Please note, on Friday afternoons the school will need to be closed for deep cleaning. We will be asking you to collect your child/children in staggered waves from 12:45pm.
Each Class will be allocated a staggered start time and finish time to minimise pinch points around our school site so we can all maintain the social distancing rules. We will be asking that only one adult drops off and collects as well as allocating you a space on our school site for these hand overs.
While I realise that the feelings around the return to school for these year groups has been mixed, with some parents anxious about the return and others delighted that their children can get back to some normality, I would really appreciate you letting us know in advance if you plan to send your child back to school on the specified date by completing the form which you can find here by Wednesday 20th May 2020. This will help us plan, coordinate and risk assess this return. (If the link does not work please copy https://forms.gle/CfUsBa6W4RJbUN11A into your browser).
I will endeavour to keep you up to date, at the earliest possible stage, as our plans progress.
Yours sincerely and with best wishes,
Mrs Hannah Beckett