I hope that you and your families are safe and well.
I am sure many of you heard the Prime Minister's address to the nation, which he made on Sunday. Boris Johnson revealed that we might be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June, starting with pupils in Reception, Year One and Year Six. This is part of the government’s conditional plan to end the lockdown, which it says will remain under regular review.
To help us make vital risk assessments and complete safety plans for June, we must know accurate numbers of children who need a school place. Please ensure you complete the relevant surveys below. If these surveys below are not completed, we cannot guarantee that a school place will be available for your child in June.
THE CURRENT SITUATION AND HALF TERM ARRANGEMENTS
At the moment, all children will continue with the usual home learning arrangements. Any possible changes will happen after half term from 1st June, when the government is considering whether to reopen schools to some year groups. During half term from Monday 25th - Friday 29th May, home learning will cease for half term week so children and teachers get a week’s holiday. However, during this time, childcare will continue to be offered to Key Worker children as happened during the Easter holidays.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR KEY WORKER CHILDREN FROM 1ST JUNE 2020
These arrangements will remain exactly the same as current arrangements. Key Worker status continues to be the same occupations which were first defined by the government back in March. Children of Key Workers who have no other means of childcare can continue to use the school as currently happens. If you need to check your eligibility for key worker status you can do so here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
IMPORTANT SURVEY FOR KEY WORKER CHILDREN WHO WILL NEED TO USE THE SCHOOL FROM 1st JUNE
The government have stated that providing safe childcare for Key Worker and vulnerable children will continue to be the priority focus for places at school after 1st June.
It is essential that we know how many Key Worker children will need a school place from 1st June. This information will tell us how many classrooms we will then have available to accommodate other year groups. Please can all Key Workers complete the survey (click on the link below) as soon as possible, indicating if you need a place reserving for your child/ children from June 1st: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScn4aUTztyZjKZIXYjj7oFTDqVzGoQs8ZPtJjFKdvdfBcbeRQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
This survey must be completed and submitted by Wednesday 20th May at 12.30pm at the latest so we can start to organise the remaining places for other eligible children.
POSSIBLE ARRANGEMENTS FOR RECEPTION, YEAR ONE AND YEAR SIX CHILDREN FROM 1ST JUNE 2020
These year groups may be offered the opportunity to be phased back to school from 1st June 2020 using reduced class sizes. Unfortunately, siblings in other year groups (Year 2, 3, 4 and 5) may not return unless you are a key worker (see above) and require child supervision from the school.
In preparation for the children's return in June, we are currently conducting risk assessments and devising plans to minimise, as best as possible, the spread of any infections which may occur. We will endeavour to maintain the best social distancing possible for staff and children and we will ensure rigorous cleaning takes place during the day. Parents must, however, note, even with reduced class sizes, schools cannot ensure the same social distancing, which is required in other workplaces across the UK. Children will be in class sizes of no more than 15 children and these children will stay as socially distanced as possible from other groups of 15 children by staggering playtimes and lunchtimes.
Whilst encouraging children in eligible year groups to come back to school, there is also a choice for parents NOT to send their children to school. We totally understand that for very good reasons, there may be a high level of anxiety amongst parents regarding the safety of the children. As parents of children in eligible year groups, you may choose for your children to continue to work at home until you feel it is safer for them to attend school. The government have clearly stated that during this Covid-19 pandemic, parents who do not wish to send their children back to school will not be fined or have action taken against them. For those children who don't attend school, our teachers will continue to provide home-learning.
If there is an extremely vulnerable person within your household or your child is extremely vulnerable, your child MUST NOT return to school until further advice is given by the government.
IMPORTANT SURVEY FOR PARENTS WITH CHILDREN IN RECEPTION, YEAR ONE AND YEAR SIX
To be able to plan the organisation of small groups of Reception, Year One and Year Six children, we need to firstly know how many parents intend to send their children back to school. Please can you complete the survey (click on the link below), indicating if you wish your child to attend school from 1st June. It is vital we have this information ASAP so we can organise the small groups, staffing and classrooms needed.
Please get the survey below completed and submit by next Wednesday 20th May: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnqfbk0Ndwvyj2xSQT-uzCOapQNzkiG1saj7b0WDHG9gzKtg/viewform?usp=sf_link
We will get back to you again at the end of next week to let you know more details on how we intend to accommodate the children as safely as possible with staggered drop off and collection times etc.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR YEARS 2, 3, 4 AND 5 FROM 1ST JUNE
Children in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 will continue with their existing home learning. Currently, the possible phased return proposed for June only applies only to children in Reception, Year One and Year Six. The government may decide to allow more year groups an opportunity to return to school before the end of the term, if it considers conditions to be safe enough. If this situation changes I will update on any future arrangements.
We are only able to offer very limited Hurleybirds provision at this stage due to reduced staffing availability and to allow time for rigorous cleaning requirements. Therefore, after school provision will only be available until 4.30pm and only for a maximum of 6 children.
If there are more than 6 booking for these times - priority will be given using the following criteria:
1. Critical front line NHS workers
2. Any exceptional circumstances concerning the welfare or safeguarding of family or child
3. Availability for other Key Workers
4. First people to confirm they need a booking
To book a slot in Hurleybirds please use the link provided below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv3-ko3ru4KiXFy6aHnAm-dVB3QMZ7JKwaGw57TuaNwQo77w/viewform?usp=sf_link
HOT DINNER ARRANGEMENTS
The school canteen will re-open for hot meals from 1st June. Junior children attending school can pay for a hot meal and eligible children can order a free school meal. The infant children in Reception and Year One, who attend school, will become eligible again for a free hot meal. The school will continue to organise vouchers for vulnerable families who do not attend school and are eligible for free school meals.
There will be a question in the above surveys where children in school after 1st June can order a hot school dinner.
I will be contacting you again shortly with further details on how we intend to organise the children's return if the government decide to go ahead on 1st June. In the short-term, nothing has changed regarding school provision which remains in place for vulnerable children and children of key workers.
As soon as I know more, I will be in touch.
Best wishes and take care
Glyn Morgans, Headteacher, and the Hurley Primary School Team