School Re-opening

Dear Parents and Carers,
Like me, you will no doubt have heard the Prime Minister's address and his plans to open schools to certain year groups from June 1st: Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Further details are given daily and we are working closely across the Federation to ensure that our school's response takes into account all available advice and support.
It is imperative we are all confident that pupils, staff and parents can be kept safe whilst on the premises. We cannot open until we are sure we have procedures in place to make that possible with the increased numbers of children from 1st June.
The guidance given goes on in great detail with a list of measures schools should consider in attempting to make their premises as safe as possible for all users. In addition to the basic hygiene and cleaning requirements, the guidance centres around pupils being in classes of no more than 15 children. This, of course raises some practical difficulties in terms of appropriate rooms and staffing, especially for our youngest children.

Please be assured that I and my team will be working tirelessly to respond to the government’s plans, not in isolation, but with the support and guidance of the Local Authority and the combined wisdom of colleagues across the area. However, just as parents will want to make the final call as to when it is best for their child to return to school, within the parameters of the government's 'road map for opening', so it falls to me, in conjunction with the leadership team, to apply the guidance in a way which offers the safest solution for our school and our families. This cannot be rushed or pushed - the safety of all is paramount. I ask for your patience and understanding as we work through the detail over the next few days and beyond.
I will contact you again when I have more information and can share a clear plan of how we can operate safely with the increased numbers indicated by the Prime Minister. As you can imagine, this is a complex and exceptionally demanding task, which will be undertaken in collaboration with the governors, the senior leadership and the wider staff team, as soon as possible.
Mr Simon Hall
Head of School
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