School reopens to children in the Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6
Phased Return to School
22nd May 2020
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well. You will be aware that the government made an announcement last week around their desire to begin a phased return for children to attend school. We have now had a chance to process the Department for Education’s guidance regarding reopening schools and to consider how best to ensure the safety of our children and staff.
After careful consideration, we have planned a staggered phased return for children in Years 5, Year 6, Year 1 and the Early Years only. This plan will see children in the following year groups welcomed back to Edward Wilson Primary School in incremental stages:
- Year 6 from the week beginning 1st June;
- Reception from the week beginning 8th June;
- Year 1 from the week beginning 15th June;
- Nursery from the week beginning 22nd June.
In order to keep your children as safe as possible, we have made the decision to limit the number of children in each classroom by dividing each class into two groups – Group A and Group B. Children in each group will be invited to attend two mornings each week. Children in Group A will attend on Mondays and Tuesdays, and children in Group B will attend on Thursdays and Fridays.
We will continue to provide full-time childcare for children from Key families. If both parents are Key Workers, and you have no other childcare options, then please do contact the school office in advance to request provision for your child.
Children in all other year groups will continue to receive weekly online learning via the school’s website by their class teacher. Please continue to regularly check the website to access a range of learning and engaging material. Class teachers will also continue to make regular home phone calls, and will be on hand to explain any learning content and check in to see how your child is doing.
The school day will look very different to what we have been used to. Our drop off and collections procedures will also be changed to reduce congestion within the school building. Therefore, until further notice, parents will not be able to enter the school building during drop-off and collection times. Furthermore, the first few days of school will also see us focusing on the PSHE curriculum, where we will be focusing on your child’s wellbeing and making sure that they are ready to learn. Children attending school from next term are expected to wear full school uniform. Please speak with a member of staff if you have any questions.
We understand that some families will decide not to take up the offer for their children to return to school, and instead keep them at home. The Department for Education have not made attendance at school mandatory. This means that should you decide to keep your children at home you will not be fined for doing so. However, we are beginning the process of gradually reopening the school because we believe that it is safe and beneficial to our families to do so. If your children remain at home, then class teachers will attempt to match the home learning as closely as possible to what is being covered in class.
Families with children who are eligible for Free School Meals (means tested) will continue to receive food vouchers via Edenred – even if your child remains at home. With the exception of children from Key Working families, all children will leave school by midday and will therefore not be provided with a school meal. However, all children who are eligible for a Free School Meal will continue to receive the food vouchers.
During the last few days, many of you have had the chance to speak with a member of staff to share your thoughts on returning to school. Thank you for continuing to communicate with us openly. If you have not had the chance to speak with a member of staff, but would like to ask a question or clarify a particular point, then please do email the office or the year group email.
Take care, and all the best.
Mr. Guttridge - Interim Executive Headteacher
Mrs Page - Interim Head of School