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14th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

 

I hope you are all well and staying safe. 

 

Apologies for the length of this message but there is so much information to share.  Please read it very carefully. 

 

Before I explain what the immediate future holds at school I need to say a huge public thank you to all the teachers and support staff at school who, in these difficult times, have been going above and beyond.  Some examples are, providing home learning activities, speaking to children and parents on the phone and providing a safe and fun environment for vulnerable and key worker children in school. I cannot express my gratitude enough.

 

Also a big thank you to all of you! It has been incredible heartwarming seeing all the different activities children have enjoyed at home. 

 

On Sunday, the Prime Minister told the nation that school may be open to selective year groups from 1st June.  We have received guidance from The Department for Education as to what this provision may look like.  There is no one way to go about achieving this and every school will have a unique set of challenges to overcome, so please try not to compare with other schools. 

 

Below are some key points.

  • There will be no consequences if you choose to keep your child at home for the remainder of the Summer Term.
  • Initially, only Nursery (those due to start school in September) and Reception classes will be re-integrated until we receive further instruction.
  • If anyone in your household has received a letter saying they are considered extremely clinically vulnerable, your child should not attend school. 
  • If you child is clinically vulnerable you should seek medical advice if it is safe for your child to attend. 
  • The key word in all documentation is ‘phased’ return.  This means we will keep the children in school to a minimum for as long as possible.
  • Siblings in other year groups cannot attend school during this ‘phased’ period.
  • The Government does not believe adults and children need to wear personal protective equipment.

 

During this phased re-opening, Meadowhead Infant School & Nursery will not be like it was before the epidemic and this needs to be clearly explained to the children.  Listed below are some of the safety measures we plan to put into place.

  • Staggered drop off and pick up times to minimise adult contact. Social distancing will be enforced
  • A one way system will be in operation throughout school
  • Children will be placed into small groups of up to 15 children; this will not necessarily be with their friends, usual teacher or their usual classroom.  Once split they will stay only with their group
  • Children will have their own set of stationery
  • Children will be expected to come in fresh/clean uniform every day
  • Playtimes and lunchtimes will be staggered for each group and groups will not be able to mix during break times
  • Lunches are likely to be served in the classrooms.
  • Children will be seated 2m apart to maintain social distancing, where possible
  • Removal of unnecessary items from the classroom

 

In order to put a firm plan in place we need to gauge how many children might be coming into school.  We will contact you over the next few days to discuss your plans.  

 

The intention is to open school to Nursery (those children starting school in September) and Reception, so we will be contacting those parents first. We will contact other year groups once we have further guidance.

 

While the government is encouraging all children to attend school the final decision rests with you. We know it is a difficult decision to make and there is no right and wrong answer. Our primary objective, as always, is to ensure the safety of all children and adults who attend school.  We can do everything in our power to reduce the risks to children and staff posed by COVID 19 but we cannot eliminate them. 
 

If you have any further questions or queries after we have contacted you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Take care and stay safe, 

Mr Waddington

Acting Headteacher

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