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Welcome toSpringhead Primary School

Proposed Re-opening of the School

Dear Parents

Thank you for your patience and support during what has been an exceptionally difficult time.

As you are aware, we have serious misgivings about opening the school to more children.

When the government’s advice was that it was unlikely that corona virus would be an issue in care homes, you can understand why we feel that we have to think for ourselves over this. We have been bombarded by conflicting advice. Every day another council joins the group instructing none of its schools to open and Fifty schools in France have just had to be closed again, days after re-opening even though their mortality rate is a quarter of ours. Whilst children generally seem to be less affected, research suggests that they are infected at the same rate as adults and worryingly we do not know the rate at which they infect their families or adults at school; at least we all know to keep away from an adult who is coughing/has a fever etc. 

We also understand that this is potentially a long-lasting problem and that schools cannot stay closed forever. In view of this we are planning a phased re-opening. This plan has been agreed in detail with the Full Governing Body and the Local Authority Advisor.

 Our aim is to return all children but the exact timescale is uncertain and it will be at the pace that we decide is manageable, and mindful of the safety of the children and the staff.  The percentage of Key Workers’ children is higher in our school than in most schools in the East Riding and we also have staff who we cannot allow back into school because of shielding family members in the most vulnerable category.   In the light of this and concerns about site suitability for social distancing, we will increase provision slowly, once we are as sure as we can be that we have routines established. Key Worker’s children will not generally be able to join their class but will stay within the bubble to minimise the risk of contamination, although again, we may find a way to allow some mixing once we have a routine established.

This plan is flexible, will be reviewed daily and is made with the insights we have at that moment.

 

Plans for return:

Week beginning the 8th  June – Foundation Stage plus Key Worker Children

We will open for the Early Years Foundation Stage, and initially offering either the beginning or the end of the week.  Parents who do decide to send their children will be able to request either Monday and Tuesday, or Thursday and Friday on a first-come-first served basis via email to the school office.

Once 15 places have been allocated the list will close and the other end of the week will be offered.

Once we have established the bubbles for each year group  there can be no moving between bubbles or the key Worker group.  Eg if your child has been in the key worker group up until now, you have to choose whether they remain in this bubble, or join the class bubble.

Wednesdays will be kept for deep cleaning and for current Key Worker children.

 

Week beginning the 15th  June – Foundation Stage, Year 6 plus Key Worker Children

If all goes well, we will also open to year 6, initially on the same part-time basis as above.

Parents who do decide to send their children will be able to request either Monday and Tuesday, or Thursday and Friday on a first-come-first served basis via email to the school office. Once 15 places have been allocated the list will close and the other end of the week will be offered.

Once we have established the bubbles for each year group  there can be no moving between bubbles or the key Worker group.  Eg if your child has been in the key worker group up until now, you have to choose whether they remain in this bubble, or join the class bubble.

Wednesdays will be kept for deep cleaning and for current Key Worker children.

 

Week beginning the 22nd June – Foundation Stage, Year 6, Year 1 plus Key Worker Children

If all goes well, we will also open to year 1, initially on the same part-time basis as above.

Parents who do decide to send their children will be able to request either Monday and Tuesday, or Thursday and Friday on a first-come-first served basis via email to the school office. Once 15 places have been allocated the list will close and the other end of the week will be offered.

Children will be kept in ‘bubbles’ of not more than 15 children and not mixing with other groups or staff other than their bubble leaders.

 

What you will need to do now: Please email the school office and let us know if you would like a place for your child and your preferred choice of (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday).

 

Further details, including school timings, lunch-time arrangements, safety measures etc will be emailed next week.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

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