As we near the end of this school year, I am writing to you to inform you of the arrangements for the final week in school. We are due to have guidance from the government in the coming weeks with regards to procedures which we need to implement in school in order for us to open safely for all children again in September. I hope it comes quickly for us!
We anticipate (although we have yet to have confirmation) that all children will be required back in September. There will still be strict rules around health and safety, and we are looking at continuing our staggered start/finish times to cater for this safely. We will let you know our final arrangements in detail as soon as we can.
Of course, this will be a big undertaking and for us as a school this means that we will need to risk assess and physically rearrange furniture in the classrooms, to cater safely for ‘bubbles’ of 30 children. Therefore, we are intending to close school to pupils Friday 17th July, so the final day for the children will be Thursday 16th July. This will allow the caretaker and school staff to make the necessary changes to the classrooms, before the school is deep cleaned during the Summer Holidays, so that we are ready to welcome the children in September. During this time, we will brief staff on the new procedures and health and safety protocols as well as ensure that staff have the curriculum ready for September.
For our most critical key worker families, we will offer a limited opt-in outdoor provision for Friday 17th. We will contact you shortly with further details so you can advise us on absolute need for that day only, and we can make plans. There are many health and safety implications we will need to factor in, which is why places will have to be limited.
Once again can we thank you for your support and cooperation at this time, it really has shown us how wonderful our school community is. I am looking forward to welcoming children and families back in September.
Mrs S Beale
Executive Head Teacher