SCHOOL CLOSURE - Covid-19
22nd May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Planned Re-opening for some Year Groups
Thank you all so much for your responses to the recent survey that we sent out regarding school opening, and more recently to parents of children in EYFS and Year 1 for their open and honest communication during phone calls with some of our staff. This has really allowed us to think carefully about potential plans for reopening at the start of June. Currently, we are working hard to finalise a thorough and robust risk assessment designed to minimise risks as best we can. The safety and wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff has been and will always be our priority moving forwards.
We would like to take this opportunity to share with you our potential plan for reopening at the start of June. At this point we would like to remind you all that the decisions currently being made are provisional and could possibly change following the Government update on the 28th May. We will of course keep you updated as soon as receive any further information. Up until now we been able to have the children of key workers every day.
Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision that school WILL NOT be open next week (what would have been half term) and also for any child on Monday 1st June. For this we can only apologise, but I’m sure that you can appreciate the need for school to prepare for the planned reopening for additional year groups. Key worker and vulnerable pupil provision will restart on Tuesday 2nd June.
As you will appreciate planning the return of our pupils has been extremely challenging and following the Government Guidance, we have had to prioritise our planned opening for our younger year groups. At this time we are planning on having our Foundation Stage pupils and our Year One pupils in school, alongside the key worker provision. At this point, we have no date for when our Year 6 may return to school, however we will keep reviewing this and will keep you updated.
On Wednesday 3rd June, we are provisionally planning to be open to some children in Reception classes, specifically whose parents we have spoken to who have stated they want them to return to school. These are some children from Ducklings, Kittens and Cubs classes. On Monday 8th June, we are provisionally planning to be open for some children from Year 1 classes, again those whose parents we have spoken to who want their children to attend school. These are some children from Bees and Ladybirds classes. Currently we are not opening classes to Year 6 pupils, for this we can only apologise. Rest assured the transition for these pupils is high on our agenda and we are working very hard with Secondary Schools to find an appropriate way to support the transition journey for our pupils. Further information will be sent out to the parents and carers of Year 6 pupils after half term.
Following our recent phone calls to parents and carers, Reception children and Year 1 children confirmed to come into school have been allocated ‘bubbles’. These bubbles will have a maximum of 7 children and a teacher and teaching assistant who have some Reception and Year 1 experience. Whilst, we have of course attempted to allocate staff who are familiar to the children, this is not possible in all cases. Initially, children in these bubbles will be in school part time, for mornings only, with start and finish time which is staggered. These timings for children in Reception will be confirmed on Monday 1st June, and timings for Year 1 pupils will be confirmed on 4 th June. Also included with the timings will be information about where and how to drop off and collect your child from school.
All children due to start back with us in June will be provided with a lunch as part of the universal free school meals offer, this will be a packed lunch. In terms of uniform, please ensure that children attend school each day in clean clothing, either school uniform or clothes of a similar nature to PE kits. Children who are returning to school will not need any additional resources i.e. pencil cases, reading records. Water bottles will be provided by school and will be sterilised at the end of every day. We would like to stress to parents that whilst we will try to keep the learning environments as familiar to the children as possible, classrooms and the style of learning for your children will look very different. Each child in bubbles will have their own individual desk which have been spaced 2 meters apart from another child or adults. They will have their own learning trays which will have everything they need to access their lessons. Playtimes will be with the adults and children from the bubble and lunches will be eaten in classrooms.
To help to support our children, we will shortly be sending out a social story to all families which we would like to be shared with children. This will help children to understand how their classrooms, school and learning will be different when they return, and how important it is to remain at a safe distance from their friends.
We understand how this is a difficult time for everyone and once again thank you for your patience, support and communication during this time. It is very much appreciated by all of the staff at Paston Ridings who are working incredibly hard during these unprecedented times.
We wish everyone well and really do look forward to seeing each and every child as soon as we possibly can.