Phased reopening of school
Dear parents and carers,
You will by now have heard the intentions of the English government to re-open schools to certain year groups on 1st June 2020. At Callow End we are expecting this to be a phased return, depending upon pupil numbers in each year group.
On Monday night, the Department for Education released further guidance, confirming that provision should be made for children currently in Preschool, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. This guidance provides clear stipulations about how children should be organised into smaller groups for teaching, and that certain measures need to be put in place to support social distancing and to prevent mixing between these groups where possible.
Guidance for parents can be found by following this link: DfE Guidance for Parents
The guidance states that:
‘We strongly encourage children and young people in the eligible year groups and priority groups (such as children of critical workers) to attend, as requested by their school or college, unless they are self-isolating or there are other reasons for absence (such as shielding due to health conditions).
You should notify your child’s school or college as normal if your child is unable to attend so that staff are aware and can discuss with you. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.’
To assist with our planning and preparation it would be helpful for us to know approximate numbers returning in each year group (Pre-school, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6). If your child is in one of these groups, please could you let us know if you intend to send them back to school for a phased return from 1st June. This can be done by a simple text or email to the school office and we would be grateful if you could do this by Monday 18th May. All parents will have the right to change their mind at a later date.
You will understand that, for us to adhere to this government guidance, our staff will need to make some significant adjustments within school. For this reason, the school will not be open for any children during the half term break- week beginning Monday 25th May. During the half term break, in addition to the physical changes we will need to make to the environment, our cleaning contractor will be in to undertake a deep clean of the entire school to prepare it for the children’s return.
We are currently adjusting our risk assessments, policies, and practice in readiness for opening. In due course, we will provide you with more details about how our school will operate within the guidelines and, most importantly, what measures we will have in place to keep the children and our staff safe.
Please note: Due to restrictions on group sizes we will not be able to welcome back siblings of those pupils in pre-school, reception, Year 1 or Year 6. This may change towards the end of June, depending on government guidance.