Dear Parents and Carers
Planned phased return to school for children in Reception and Year 1.
Further to the updates provided on 11th May 2020 regarding the proposal for schools to re-open for more children from 1st June 2020, the Department for Education has now issued detailed guidance for schools on how this will take place.
Infant schools such as ours have been asked to welcome back children in Reception and Year 1, alongside the key worker and vulnerable children already in attendance. The Government has stated that its ambition is to bring all primary year groups back to school before the summer holiday, for one month if possible, though they are keeping this under review.
As a school we are obviously very sad that that we are unable to welcome back our Year 2 children at this time. Please be assured our home learning offer will continue for Year 2 children so that parents still feel able to support them whilst they are learning from home.
Schools have been issued with advice on putting in place a range of protective measures. Issues we have to consider are:
- How to keep the children and staff safe
- How to ensure social distancing and keep numbers less than 15 in a class
- How to organise breaks and dinner times
- How to organise drop off and collection of children
- How to organise movement around school
- What further cleaning we will require and the implications for the equipment that the children use.
At this time, the Government have not confirmed schools will definitely re-open, but we have been asked to plan for this and the Government will, based on scientific evidence available, confirm this closer to the time.
Ensuring the children and staff are safe in school is my main priority and I will not be happy to open the school unless I am confident that this is achievable.
Nationally, parental response to the announcement has been very mixed with some parents eager for their children to return to school, and others, understandably, more reluctant.
On return the children may not be in their normal classroom or with their normal teacher but the adults are all familiar to all the children.
I would now like to gather your feedback to the announcement so that I can plan Anston Park Infant School’s response in more detail.
As per the government guidance, parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels. However, schools will be required to report attendance to the Government.
To ensure we have a clear understanding of demand for places from 1st June, we are now asking families of children in Reception and Year 1 to confirm to school:
- If you would like your child back to school from 1st June 2020
- If you would not like to send your child back to school on 1st June 2020.
If this is the case, please could you indicate your reasons why not.
Please can you confirm this ideally by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning school by Tuesday 19th May 2020 at the latest. This then gives us chance to plan for the re-opening and communicate the details to those families who do intend to return their children to school.
Children of key workers will continue to be offered a place, regardless of their year group but this will also need to be confirmed by contacting school. The key worker list remains the same as originally set by the Government.
Please note that if you choose not to send your child to school initially but then change your mind, you will need to contact school so we can ensure we are still able to adhere to government guidelines.
We realise that this is a very worrying time for all families, and that your wants and needs will change as the Government advice evolves. Equally, we cannot guarantee at this time that we can meet the demand for all children to have a place in school. Having answers to the questions above will help us plan a post half-term offer. Once I know how many children we could expect on 1st June 2020, and after consultation with our Governing Body and the Trust, I will then be able to give you more detailed information.
Thank you for your understanding and support during this extremely difficult time.
Mrs A L Tyler