September Reopening - Information for Parents
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Letters for parents about September reopening arrangements:
Dear parents and carers,
As you know, we have been focusing for some time on how to ensure that our school can safely open to all pupils in September – something we are all so much looking forward to. Now that the government has published its guidance for schools, we are in a position to update you on our plans.
The first thing to say is that we are absolutely delighted the government has said all pupils can come back, subject to final consideration of the coronavirus data on August 11th. We have learnt a lot in lockdown about how to deliver virtual education, and families and staff have been outstanding, but children need the routine of normal school life and they also need to see their friends and teachers. It is vital that we get pupils back to school in September.
Having already done a lot of preparation and ground work, we are in a very strong position for September. Pupils who have been in school so far are used to washing their hands and these measures will remain in place.
Once pupils are in school, they will wash their hands regularly, including before they eat, and they will wash them again before they leave. They will also be placed in a protective bubble with the rest of their year group. Bubbles will not come into contact with each other, which will help to reduce the risk of an outbreak and minimise the number of children who have to isolate in the event that there is a case. We have assigned a senior leader to each year group for next year, so we can ensure the needs of each cohort are thoroughly met.
In addition to all of these measures, which are very much focused on safety, we also well prepared in terms of securing the wellbeing and academic progress of pupils – both those who have not been able to return to school this term and those who will be taking important public examinations next year.
Every child, and every home, has had a different experience with lockdown and home learning. We recognise that there will be learning gaps to be filled when the pupils return and have planned a ‘recovery’ curriculum for the autumn term so that everyone has the chance to catch up. We will also ensure there is time devoted to the emotional wellbeing of pupils. In preparation for this, Some teachers are completing a ten week Mindfulness course and all members of staff have completed training run by an organisation called Trauma Informed Schools UK. These two training courses will allow us to be responsive to the needs of all the children when they return to school.
We will, of course, also need your help and support to keep school safe as we return to school. Obviously, if your son or daughter has any symptoms they should stay at home. Likewise, the government guidance says that if there is a confirmed case within a bubble, then all other children in that group need to isolate for fourteen days.
But everyone will need to play a part in keeping the virus out of school. Government guidance is, understandably, constantly evolving and we will write to you during the summer holidays to provide the most up-to-date information; but we are likely to ask pupils to avoid going into shops on the way in to school and that, if they have to use public transport, they wear a face covering while travelling which is in line with current government advice. Pupils will be required to wear uniform next term and we will ask that this is washed as often as possible, ideally daily. Please purchase what you will need in good time before the beginning of September. The link to our new uniform provider can be found here: https://www.schooluniformdirect.co.uk/.
The summer term has been long and tiring for families and staff, but it has also been inspiring and uplifting. The whole community has pulled together to ensure pupils felt safe and supported, and we have shown just how much can be achieved in the most difficult and challenging of circumstances. No matter what your experience of lockdown, parents have been terrific: on behalf of all staff, we want to thank you for everything you have done to support your children’s success over this period, and to support our school.