Letter to Parents 4/9/20
Dear Parents and Carers,
Here we are at the start of a new school year; this is unlike any other year in my 40 years of being in education. If I may start by asking for your patience as we open up the school to all of our children. In school, we have done everything within our power to ensure that we have made the school environment as safe as possible by ensuring that we stick to the government’s guidance.
I would like to say that first and foremost we are teachers and human beings with the same anxieties as many of you will have in the current Covid 19 pandemic. Some of us are anxious for our own families and some of us have family member who are shielding, as many of you will also have. We don’t have any special power to stop the spread of this virus, but what we can do with your support and help is to ensure we minimise the risk of the spread of Covid 19 to ensure that we are all kept as safe as possible during this time.
I have gone through what we are doing in detail in a previous letter, which is on our website, so I won’t bore you with all of these details again. Please have a read of it if you need to know our procedures.
There are just a few things I would like to cover today:
When your children arrive at school, they might notice that there is some building work going on. This work will be continuing for another couple of weeks.
I know what you will be thinking to yourselves, why was this not done when we had the lockdown or partial lockdown in place. This situation arose as the funding to get this work done is allocated by the DFE, a government office. We had applied for funding for some upgrades and were successful, we were not told this, until two days before the end of term, which meant that we had to start the works later than we would have wanted to.
Can I assure you all the work and workmen are completely segregated from all children and staff and at no time do they come into the school where there are staff or children, the areas from the inside of the school are securely boarded up to block them from the inside of the school too.
Parents have been asking about whether their children can still bring lunch boxes for packed lunch. As the children who eat a packed lunch will be eating in their classrooms, it is fine for them to continue to use a lunchbox each day as they will be the only person handling them. Each school is implementing their own plans according to their own needs and procedures and most importantly to ensure the integrity of each bubble.
We would ask that lunch boxes have been thoroughly cleaned on the outside every evening just to stop any transfer of the virus, this is also the same approach with water bottles .If you feel your child needs a water bottle please provide one it will come home every night and will need washing thoroughly.
I cannot emphasis enough that all families must arrive on time for school arrivals and departures as these are crucial for maintaining our social distancing. (see timetable sent in previous letters)
I know it will not suit everyone; however, we do this under strict instructions from the government and their recommendations. We do not have the capacity to deal with children who are late and they may end up having to go home.
I know that all of this is strange, as I have said above, but if we work together and understand that none of us are experts in matters concerning Covid, we are all doing the very best we can, then all will be well - it is up to us as a community to keep everyone safe. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone back at school again on Monday.
In the meantime, I hope you all have a lovely weekend.