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Reopening letter to parents - May 2020

 

Re: The possible reopening of school to more pupils from June

 

Dear Parents, Carers and the Community of Aylesham,

 

Following Sunday’s and last night’s announcements the government is aiming to partially reopen schools from the 1st June 2020 for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children. We can assure you that we will be working hard over the coming days and weeks to seek further information and guidance on how to ensure the safety of pupils, families and staff.

 

This guidance will help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We will share this with you as soon as possible, so you have an understanding of how this will work in practice. We understand this is a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we are going to be doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to accept these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks. The health and safety of our school community is paramount. We will be looking closely at ways in which we can maintain social distancing, establish hygiene routines and enable your child to feel safe and secure in their school environment.

 

The Prime Minister’s plan is dependent on infection rates which must continue to decrease. As a result, we have limited guidance on how schools can make safety plans; I advise you not to make any promises to children about returning to school. Also, school is unlikely to look the same as it did for children before lockdown for the foreseeable future. The plan is likely to include significant staggering of children – there will be no immediate return of whole classes on 1st June. Staffing will also look different as some staff are shielding or are caring for vulnerable loved ones.

 

We will not be pressuring anyone to send their children to school since you know your children and personal situation best. Once you have all the information, you will be able to make an informed decision. The government has made it clear they will not be fining parents for not sending children into school during this term.

 

We would like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child with their home learning. Please keep going with this for a while longer and do what you can. Reading with your child or getting them to read to you will make such a difference to their future learning.

 

In the meantime, the school is still open to vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers are encouraging you to return to work, but we are not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.

 

We will keep you updated on developments as they happen via the school website, Schools Comms and our Facebook page. I would like to thank you for all the kind messages we are receiving and all the positive support we are receiving from the community. We are fortunate to work in such a supportive and caring community.

 

Stay safe, and I hope the school song made you smile.

 

Mr Harper

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