15/05 Reopening Update
15th May 2020
Following my last letter, I wanted to update you on our plans in relation to the government announcement that primary schools may open from 1st June.
I am sure that you will have seen lots of media coverage around this announcement. We are looking closely at the guidance from national and local government in order to create a re-opening plan. Most importantly, any plan will be centred on our vision for our children to feel happy, safe and loved within our schools while making sure that our children and staff members are as safe as is humanly possible whilst we are still in the midst of a pandemic.
We know that some of you might be worried about sending your child back to school – I know you will trust us to do everything we can to make school Covid resistant so your children can return safely while understanding that because this virus is invisible, we cannot promise it will be Covid free. Mr Thackray, the cleaners and the whole staff are doing everything they can to make sure the site is safe.
While we are doing everything we can, we understand that you may still want to keep your children at home with you but will balance your fear with knowing that we are doing everything we can along with how important it is for them to be back to some sort of normality and see their friends. No action will be taken against non-attendance until further notice. You will have the opportunity to let us know your plans before we re-open.
We will aim to open to children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 (as per the government advice) initially. Class sizes will be much smaller. This means that the children will not be in school every day. We will only open when the science suggests it is safe to do so.
Our priority at this moment in time is to ensure that our strategy and our school building is ready to put into use as soon as we get the go ahead. We will be doing everything we can to maximise safety and reduce infection.
While we are preparing to open school up, Beech Hill will not be open for key workers and vulnerable children during half term so we can be fully ready.
As soon as we are told it is safe to open, we will fully communicate our plans with you. Nobody likes uncertainty and I want to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout all of this.
We are looking forward to the day when we can open Walbottle Village back up to our children and families. Until then, stay safe.
With love and best wishes
If you or someone in your family feel that support around mental health would be helpful, northernmentalhealth.org is an excellent resource run by the local mental health trust.