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Letter from Mr Smith re September opening



Thursday 16th July 2020


Dear Parents and Carers


We hope you are well and staying safe. As we come to the end of the academic year, we feel so sad that we haven’t seen all of the children and you as parents and carers to say thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in supporting your children to access home learning on Seesaw and Tapestry. We can’t wait for our school community to return and be back together in a ‘new normal’.


As you know, it is the government’s plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the

beginning of the autumn term.


“Now, the circumstances have changed. The prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased, our NHS Test and Trace system is up and running, and we are clear about the measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools.


Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn, and therefore we need to ensure all pupils can return to school sooner rather than later.


The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. We know that school is a vital point of contact for public health and safeguarding services that are critical to the wellbeing of children and families.


In relation to working in schools, whilst it is not possible to ensure a totally risk-free environment, the Office of National Statistics’ analysis on coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths linked to occupations suggests that staff in educational settings tend not to be at any greater risk from the disease than many other occupations. There is no evidence that children transmit the disease any more than adults. (GOV.UK Guidance for full opening: schools)


We are working with LDST, the Local Authority, our whole school staff, the governing body, specialist health and safety advisors, Unions and following Government public health advice to minimise the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.


Measures put in place will include:


You must be ready and willing to:


  • book a test if you are displaying symptoms. All children can be tested, including children under 5. Once you have received the results, if your child has tested negative you will need to send a copy of this confirmation to school before they can return; if they test positive you must follow the guidance (see link above).
  • provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with if you were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolate if you have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)


School attendance is compulsory from the start of term in September: “it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development”.


Please be aware that all of the above could be subject to change.


Many thanks for your continued support. We hope that you have a restful summer.


Mr Smith