Dear Parents and Carers
Firstly, may I thank you for the responses foundation year 1 and 6 have provided on our anonymous online survey.
I know how challenging it is for you all and thank you for the amazing support you have given to your children and school.
The government has asked that schools plan for re-opening for specific year groups. The earliest that this will be is the 1st of June and is dependent upon the country reaching the five key tests set by the government. As you would expect, the safety of children and staff is our utmost priority. We are all very much looking forward to getting back to normal at some point in the future but – in the meantime – when we do start to re-open schooling, things will be very different to how they were in the past.
We are awaiting further guidance, the key points that we can share with you at this moment are:
As you are aware our school building is small, we have only 7 classrooms. To have 2 metres between each child per class we would only be able to have 8 children in each group. As you are aware children need to move around, visit the toilet etc and social distancing will not be maintained once this happens. Toilets are shared between classes, corridors are just under 2 meters wide, and all other rooms too small for any social distancing measures.
We have been asked to advise parents that due to the nature of children and the school environment social distancing cannot be guaranteed. The guidance from the DFE on this subject states ‘We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2m apart from each other and staff.’
I appreciate that you would like more detail regarding our planned return and as soon as we have further clarification, we will let you know.