Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 6 returning to school: information for parents
I hope you and your family are well and you are managing during this difficult time.
As you will be aware, Bury Council instructed local schools not to open to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on 1st June. The reason is the high levels of Covid-19 in Bury compared with the national average. Bury Council have asked us to consider how we can re-open to more pupils in a gradual and safe manner.
I had a meeting with governors yesterday evening and we decided upon the following phased re-opening:
Monday 15th June: re-open to Nursery and Reception pupils
Monday 22nd June: re-open to Year 1 pupils
Monday 29th June: re-open to Year 6 pupils
We will continue to provide places for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils, as we have done since the school closed to the majority of children in March.
It is difficult to predict at this stage when we will be able to re-open to children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5, but of course I will keep you up-to-date with our plans as they develop.
As we re-open, we will be making a number of changes that will reduce the risks posed by the coronavirus. However, even though we have a carefully thought out plan, we cannot eliminate the risk entirely. It is not possible to maintain social distancing at all times with primary age children, especially the younger ones.
We recognise that you as parents are in a difficult position and we will respect whatever you decide to do. We will not be pressurising parents to return their children to school. This letter seeks to provide you with the information necessary to make an informed choice.
We will be contacting parents in advance to find out whether or not you will sending your child to school. We will begin by contacting Nursery and Reception parents over the next few days. If you change your mind, you must let us know. This is a very important part of our safety planning. Parents can contact school by phone (0161 764 2017) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be planning our timetables a few days in advance so there may be a delay in your child’s return date if you tell us on the phone that you will not be sending your child and then change your mind.
Many children will not be taught by their usual class teacher. We will be splitting classes into 2 separate groups and not all members of staff are able to return to work because they are at particular risk from the virus.
Each child will be taught in a group of no more than 15 children. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, your child will be taught by no more than 2 members of staff. There will be no assemblies and we will not be using the hall at lunchtime. The children will eat their lunches in the classroom and they will spend more time outside than usual.
There will be a rota for the use of the field and the playground, while the youngest children will have access to their own outdoor play areas.
As you would expect, we will be making sure that children wash their hands frequently and we will be cleaning surfaces rigorously.
To reduce the number of parents on the school site at once, the start and finish times for the children will be staggered. We ask that only 1 parent or carer drops off and picks up each child.
If a child displays symptoms of a high temperature or cough, they will be isolated from the other children and parents will be asked to collect them immediately.
Children and staff can now be tested for Covid-19 if they develop symptoms. In the event of a child or member of staff being tested positive, the whole group will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. We hope to see you and your children again in the not too distant future.