Well, what a weird (but wonderful) week in the world of education. Children, who are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are being asked to return to school by the 1st of June in a phased and cautious way by the government. In addition to this, school should remain open for the vulnerable children and those of key workers (all groups now classed as 'priority' groups).
I wrote to you last Monday and again on Friday basically explaining that we are waiting for further guidance from the Local Authority, and as soon as we have a plan for a cautious phased return, we will share it with you.
The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, spoke to the nation last night and he wants us to ensure that we:
* Use smaller class sizes;
* Follow strict protective measures;
* Keep children and staff in small, consistent 'bubbles';
* Follow strict rigorous hygiene;
* Highlight children, staff and families to the testing measures quickly where needed;
* Carefully monitor and use all guidance;
* Keep focussed on minimising contact where possible;
* and ultimately ensure that children don't miss out during this crisis.
For school leaders and governors to do this well, and safely, will take time, carefully thought out planning and lots of communication. Please bear with us, whilst we try to make this happen in the safest way possible for the whole school community.
In the meantime, also let school know as soon as possible if you require a school place if your child is part of the vulnerable or key worker priority group. School will also be in touch if we feel your child should now be in school full time.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and kind words of support at this time.