Statement of Intent Re: September Opening
I just wanted to advise you that the long awaited DFE guidance for the full reopening of schools arrived yesterday (Thursday 2nd July) and it now falls to me and the school and trust teams to make appropriate arrangements to enable a return to school for all children within the parameters set by the new guidance.
Obviously, I will be taking a great deal of advice in formulating a plan that can work for us all and that seeks to minimise risk, but some of the headlines that I would like you to be aware of right from the outset are:
1) New Term - we will be aiming to open the school for ALL children from Thursday 3rd September; the previously published start date for the term. Should this change, we will notify you in good time.
2) Attendance - your child's attendance at school from September 3rd will be required. All pre-COVID systems and expectations for monitoring and assuring attendance will be reinstated by the government and local authority. It will no longer be the parent's decision whether to send their child to school - exceptional medical circumstances, potential localised shielding and 'track and trace' may lead to children and/or staff being absent, but these will need to be managed on a case by case basis.
3) Staggered start and end of the school day - to control gatherings and minimise unnecessary contact, it is likely that year groups will start and end the school day at slightly different times (we already appreciate this could be inconvenient for families with siblings in different year groups). Details of actual timings for the school day will be shared when they are confirmed and approved. Our playground 'spot/lineup' and 'one-way gate' systems are likely to remain in place.
4) 'Bubbles' - we are yet to resolve exactly how we will be managing bubbles and will do so in consultation with the wider trust and notify you of the details when they are confirmed.
5) All details are subject to change - Please also be aware that the national picture may influence or change the published guidance over the summer period. I will endeavour to keep you all as informed as possible throughout this time.
I will be communicating with you further in the near future (ideally before the end of term, but this is not guaranteed).
Thank you for your patience and understanding in these circumstances.