Dear Parents and CarersAs you are aware, we have been working on plans to meet the government’s ambitions of re-opening schools in a phased way from Monday 1st June 2020. We have followed the government guidance that gives priority for places within the school:
- children with an EHCP
- children who have one parent/carer who is a key worker
- children who have a Social Worker supporting their family
In addition, at our school we have been considering those children whose families are receiving support through an Early Help Plan or another external agency.
Those families who are waiting for support or who have had support in the past also are entitled to send their children to school.
In our plan to re-open, we have included these children as well those whose families who responded to our request to provide information regarding a change to key worker demands.
As well as following government guidelines, we have carried out extensive risk assessments which have been reviewed by our governing body and our Local Authority Advisor. We have considered classroom measurements, access to the school building and access to toilet facilities as part of the decision making process.
As always, the well-being of our school family has been central to our decisions.
I am writing to you today to inform you from of Monday 1st June, Yapton C. of E. Primary School will not be able to re-open for children in Early Years, Year 1 or Year 6 who do not meet the requirements in the categories above, which were set by the government.
We appreciate this decision may be welcomed by some families who have already contacted us sharing their concerns. However, for other families who were looking forward to our school re-opening we know this may be frustrating.
We will carry out a whole school review every three weeks unless directed differently by the government. Any changes to our plans will then be communicated with you.
We will continue to provide Family Learning and will co-ordinate this so that the children in school and those are at home are following the same learning plans. It is important that we share with you that the children attending school will not be in classes within their normal teacher. Each group of children (which will include siblings) will work, play and eat together as a separate unit. They will not be interacting with other group ensuring we are minimising any potential spread of infection as much as we possibly can.
A separate letter will be sent to those families of the children who will be in school setting out the main measures we will put in place from 1st June.
If you have any further questions or your circumstances change, please contact us using firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your patience.