Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Possible reopening of school to Year 5 pupils before end of summer term

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you know some of the year groups have started to return to school on a part time basis. We have followed the government guidelines and have reopened to pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year. Of course we also continue to provide provision for all our vulnerable children and those of key workers as required by parents.

Having ensured the school is safe for these children we are looking at the feasibility of bringing our Year 5 children back for the last few weeks of term. You know your personal situation and your child best and as a parent/carer it is your choice whether to send your child back to school at this particular time. Please be assured that you will not be fined if you consider that the safest place for your child is to remain at home.

We need your help and your opinion!

I want to reassure you that we are not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school. In order to assist us in planning for reopening it is essential for us to know if your child will attend. Once the school has an indication of numbers we can put together a plan of what having our Year 5 will look like. You can tell us your opinion now by completing this form.

As with our other year groups:
  • We will limit class sizes - pupils will be in groups of no more than 15 therefore they may not be in their normal friendship groups. Pupils will remain in the group that they are placed in for the duration of their time in school and will not mix with other groups.
  • It is highly unlikely that your child will be in their usual classroom
  • Children may not have their normal teacher or their normal support staff
  • The curriculum will vary and will be reduced with limited availability of resources
  • We will be staggering break times, and pick-up and drop-off times to avoid adults gathering at school
  • There will be regular supervised hand washing routines in place for pupils and hand sanitizer will be made available
  • We will increase cleaning in school before, after and during the school day.
  • We will strictly be keeping pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms at home. If your child displays symptoms they will need to be collected from our isolation room immediately
  • We will be limiting access to the school for all parents and visitors and will prefer that all communication will be via email and telephone 
Sadly, I am sure you will understand that I cannot eliminate the possibility that your child will be exposed to the virus whilst at school and I cannot guarantee that pupils will maintain a social distance from each other at all times.

We would like to thank you for your continued support in helping your child learn from home. If your child will remain at home, we will continue to support you and them with home learning. Please do continue to stay in touch with us about how your child is getting on.

Warm regards,

Linda Smith             Alan Kemp
Headteacher        Chair of Governors

Mead Primary School
The Learning Federation