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.
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.
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,