Possible re-opening of school.

Please note information and dates are subject to change at short notice.

18.5.2020

Dear Parent/ Carer

Firstly, can I thank you for your patience and support. You must have a million and one questions about the possible re-opening of school so I thank you for waiting for me to put plans together so I can provide you with clear information.

I know these are anxious times for us all. I have attached the plan of what and how we intend to implement a re-opening of school, if that is what the government tells us to do. Please read the plan very carefully as I hope it will answer your questions and help towards easing your fears.

I want to make clear that myself, the governors and our staff have done, and will do, everything we can to keep your children, ourselves and all families safe and to prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus. However, it is also very important to say that whatever we do we can never guarantee safety from the virus. With regards to social distancing, it is virtually impossible to keep children of this is age apart and would be distressing for them too. We will attempt to limit this within class groups and we will ensure that the class groups do not mix with other class groups but I feel it is important that you understand that keeping children of this age two metres apart cannot be guaranteed, even the government acknowledges this.

You can do your part by sticking to the safety procedures outlined in the plan and adhere to Government guidelines on social distancing out of school too:

  • Only one adult bring your child to school
  • Keep 2m apart at all times and teach your children about doing this
  • Enter school down the slope and leave by going up the steps (unless you have a disability that prevents you from doing this)
  • Stick to the start and end of day times given
  • Take your child’s temperature each morning and keep them at home if they have any sign of illness
  • Send your child in clean clothes every day, uniform preferred but not essential
  • Send children with their own sunhat and wearing suncream.
  • Send with a clean, filled water bottle every day that they can refill themselves if they need to
  • Communicate with school via phone, email and dojos, avoid communicating with staff face to face
  • Prepare your child for the return to school, teach them about handwashing and hygiene. Calm their fears and anxieties, make the return to school an exciting one not a scary one.

School will not be anything like it normally is, the curriculum will be nothing like it normally is. Please read the plan for further information on this. On the days your child is not in school you will be provided with home learning to continue as you have been.

Thank you to everyone who completed and returned the survey to give us an indication of numbers should the school re-open. About 50% of you indicated that your children will be attending school when we re-open. Now that you have received my plan, I hope you are able to make an informed decision about whether you want to send your child to school or not. It is your decision to make, there will be no penalties for non-attendance and I will respect and support what you decide.

It is very clear to me, that at the present time, the safest place for your child is at home with you. If you can stay at home, you should stay at home. School childcare will continue in its present form. I must remind you that it is EMERGENCY childcare and is only for the children of critical workers and those from vulnerable families, you should avoid using it if you can as it is supervised by different staff and may have different children attending each day.

These are worrying times, please read the information carefully and don’t hesitate to contact me or your child’s class teacher if you have any further questions, we want to help.

A further email will be sent out to inform you which class group your child is in, start date, which member of staff will be supporting them, what time you should bring them and collect them and on what days.

Thank you for all your support, I have never been more proud to represent the Tornedale community as I have been through this crisis. The staff, parents and especially the children have handled it so well. Let’s keep going and continue to be there for each other.

Stay safe and well

Lisa Almunshi      

Please note information and dates are subject to change at short notice.

Supported by Jenny Purcell (Chair of Governors)