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IMPORTANT : LETTER TO PARENTS - PLEASE READ

Thursday 21st May 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

As you know, the government is encouraging schools to gradually open up to more classes from sometime after 1st June. We want to get children back into education as soon as possible. However, this can only be done once we are assured that our school is as safe as it possibly can be for children and staff. We are currently putting plans in place to do this in the safest way possible. At the moment we have children in school from key worker families and vulnerable groups.

 

On 8th and 9th June school will be closed to all children, including those children of key workers and vulnerable groups. This is to allow us to prepare the school environment, including a deep clean, and to brief all members of staff in safety procedures and operational plans. We are making plans for the wider school community to return following this, subject to necessary checks being completed. We have been working with our health and safety consultant to draw up a risk assessment so that we do everything we can to keep our children, staff and families safe. This is our top priority.

 

We are working with LDST, the Local Authority, our whole school staff, the governing body, specialist health and safety advisors, Unions and in line with Government advice, to work towards a safe and gradual re-opening of our school.

 

Measures needing to be put in place will include:

 

  • Reduced class sizes (no more than 8) to adhere to social distancing 
  • Children to remain in the same group at all times with no mixing across groups
  • Children to have the same teacher/TA all the time as far as is possible
  • Increased hand washing facilities
  • Separate entry and exit points
  • No parents / carers allowed on site
  • One way systems to be established in schools
  • Reduced timetable / staggered start & finish times
  • Home schooling resources to continue to be available and to also be used in school
  • Desks to be positioned 2m apart if possible
  • Soft furnishings / toys to be removed from Nursery / Reception / other classrooms
  • Toys and equipment not to be shared as far as is possible
  • Small equipment which cannot be easily cleaned must not be used
  • Staggered break times with no mixing of groups
  • Additional cleaning throughout the day and week
  • Lunches to be eaten in classrooms

 

When our plans have been approved, we will then be in a position to communicate a return to school date to you. If ratios, capacity and guidance allow us to facilitate more children beyond those of key workers and vulnerable groups, we will open up one year-group at a time. The first year group to come back will be YEAR 6. This is because we believe our oldest pupils can best listen and follow our safety rules in school. If further capacity allows us, we will then re-introduce children from Year 1.

 

Normally, school is the best place for a child to be. They should be learning and living happily with their schoolmates and staff. However, NO PARENT WILL BE PENALISED FOR NOT SENDING THEIR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE STILL WORRIED ABOUT THE RISK OF COVID-19 TO THEM OR SOMEONE IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD.

 

I would like to thank all our families for being so supportive and patient during these most difficult times. You have done a fantastic job in supporting your child/children to access home learning on Seesaw and Tapestry. The teachers are so grateful because it means our children will be still ready to learn when they return. We are working extremely hard behind the scenes with all stakeholders to ensure a safe return. We will seek to keep you informed as things develop. It is very important that you keep checking Twitter (@halewoodcofe) as well as news items on our website (halewoodcofe.co.uk). National guidance for parents can be found online at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educationalsettings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1- june

 

God’s blessing and stay safe.

 

Mr Smith

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