Dear parents and carers,
Yesterday the Department for Education sent schools guidance on the implications when England enters Step 4 of the Roadmap out of Lockdown. Please find within this email some contextual information specifically for our school, as well as a template letter direct from the DfE (attached).
Because of the prevalence of Covid-19 in the community and in the country at the moment, and also because of the potential of this to disrupt peoples’ holiday plans we would like to continue the following things until we finish on Tuesday 27th July:
We are all truly hopeful that we are nearly at the end of what has been a really difficult 18 months, but as always if anything changes, we will communicate this with you as quickly as possible. At this point we are planning to begin the school year as normally as possible.
Thank you as always for all the support and understanding you have given our school, it is always appreciated.
School received this message from the Department for Education:
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced today that he was not able to say that we have met all four tests for proceeding with Step 4 and thinks it is sensible to wait just a little longer. This will give time for the vaccination programme to protect people from the virus in light of the new variant. He felt confident we will not need to wait beyond 19 July. The government will monitor the position every day and if, after two weeks, the risk has diminished then Step 4 might proceed sooner.
Please keep your current protective measures in place until there is a further announcement on Step 4 of the roadmap. These measures in education settings will remain in place to help reduce transmission of the virus.
Letter sent home to parents:
Dear Parents & Carers
I hope you are all well. As I am sure you are aware all children will be returning to school on the 8th March. We are incredibly excited about all the children being back at school and things being as ‘normal’ as they can be at the moment.
We have received some guidance from the DfE and what we know is that the staggered start and end to the school day, class bubbles, increased ventilation and handwashing/sanitising will all continue, at least for a while yet. In addition, staff at school are already taking lateral flow tests twice a week to check whether anyone without symptoms is carrying the virus.
Our breakfast club and after school club will continue in the Nook and be available to all children who require sessions. Anyone wanting to use these clubs can book places in the normal way using the Teachers to Parents app, or by contacting the school office directly.
We will not be resuming any other clubs, going on off-site visits, etc. until at least after Easter due to the requirement of maintaining children in class bubbles. We will review this situation over Easter and of course inform you of any changes which might start again after Easter.
Any guidance that was in place before our January lockdown is still relevant at this point. Please refer to our school website here. Some significant points to remember are:
There is an expectation that all children are required to attend school from the 8th March 2021 and our normal attendance checks will resume again. That being said, we are very conscious that our priority will not only be academic performance, but the social, emotional and mental health of the children. One thing we will be making sure of, is that our planning is built around the children enjoying school and being happy… Right from the 8th March 2021.
We would normally have parent consultations at the beginning of March. We have discussed these and decided to defer them until the end of the year, when they will be more useful and meaningful. Please do contact your class teacher through Class Dojo if you have anything you need to discuss in the meantime.
I hope, like us, you can see light at the end of the tunnel of home learning and enjoy the countdown to the children returning to school.
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
We have also produced some guidance and expectations for the use of online "live" sessions. These principles and guidelines are very important both for safeguarding reasons and also so that everyone can continue to enjoy our online learning.
SHOULD YOU NEED TO GET A COVID-19 TEST FOR YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK.
As children inevitably seek answers to their questions regarding the strange and difficult times we now live in please have a look at the book in this link by Axel Scheffler (the illustrator that works with Julia Donaldson) using the knowledge of Professor Graham Medley, to help explain.
Please keep looking at our website, our Facebook page, our emails/texts, Class Dojo, etc.
For information on the government's coronavirus action plan, please follow this link.
For information on what to do should you need to self-isolate, please follow this link.
For the latest information and updates on coronavirus, please follow this link.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
Please follow the above link for all previous Covid-19 information
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