School Reopening to more children.
The Government asked schools to open more widely from the 1st June. We therefore canvassed parental interest and quickly realised that we would only be able to accommodate Nursery, Reception and Key Worker children on the Infant Site and Year 6 and Key Worker children on the Junior site.
This is because (to allow for social distancing) some of the classrooms can only hold 9 children plus their teacher. We have to keep the children in small Bubble Groups with dedicated staff and lunchtime cover. Therefore for just one year group of 60 children to return we would need 7 classrooms, 7 teachers and 7 teaching assistants/ lunchtime supervisors. The children also have dedicated toilets assigned to their bubble groups.
We currently have four rooms on each site occupied by approx. 75 key worker children who attend part time.
I understand that parents of some children in other year groups would like their child back in school but this cannot be done safely due to space and staffing. I do not have any more rooms or staff available.
The government had hoped to get all children back before the summer but it is not considered safe to do so at this time. We therefore have to follow government instructions.
Teachers are working hard to provide home learning and to teach their group full time. This is in addition to responding to emails from parents and children.
A great deal of work is being done to support our families including the provision of food hampers for children entitled to Free School Meals, delivery of food hampers to those in isolation and the provision of vouchers to those that live a distance from school who would need to use public transport to collect a hamper.
We have provided devices to families who have contacted us and these have been delivered to the homes of the children concerned.
Behind the scenes we have set every child up with a Microsoft Office 365 account and email address so that they will be able to access some online sessions with their teacher. Mrs Lunn and Mrs Nash will be contacting you in the next week with login details and invitations. We will do our best to get this running smoothly but cannot be held responsible for individual internet issues.
Meanwhile we are making transition plans for the children and will be providing welcome videos for children so that they can see their new teacher ready for September. These are currently being prepared and will be available through the school website early in July.
Welcome packs for children starting Nursery, Reception and Year Three are also on their way.
Please be assured that we have all of our children’s best interests at heart and we are working as hard as we can to meet the ever changing circumstances. Thank you to those of you who have sent emails and letters of appreciation for the work we are doing. It makes a difference.
Mrs S Blower