Phased Return to School

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HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Phased Return to School

I am sure that you will have seen much on the news and in the press regarding the reopening of schools since the most recent announcement from the Prime Minister. Thank you to those in the relevant classes who completed the survey sent to you last week.

We all want to get more pupils back into school as soon as it is safe to do so. Our staff are committed to the care and education of your children and we do not want to see our classrooms empty for a day longer than they need to be. However the first priority has to be the safety of everyone in the school community. What that means for our School is a gradual, carefully planned, and risk assessed increase in staff and pupil numbers.

We are currently devising a plan for the partial opening of the School. We have been advised to plan for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children. We will, based on the advice of Government that we hope to receive on 28 May 2020, be planning to invite small numbers of pupils in on a phased reopening beginning the week Monday 1st June. We will contact families individually to let you know when your child can come in. We will begin with Reception, then Year 1, then Year 6 and finally Nursery during a period of several weeks. The children of key workers are able to attend School as they have been doing.

It is important that you know what we are considering before a phased school opening is implemented. Managing your expectations is important at this time. It may be helpful for you to know about some of the following measures that will need to be in place before we partially reopen:

● Tables separated in the classrooms

● Class teachers may not be with their usual class

● Whole classes will be split into groups

● Children may not be in their own classrooms

● There will be a staggered start and finish to the school day

● There will be staggered lunch and playtimes.

We will continue to offer online learning for children from all year groups. Those children in School will be following the same curriculum as those at home.

Children attending School will be required to wear School uniform however plimsolls or trainers are allowed as children may spend a great deal of time outside. PE kits and general school bags will not be allowed in School until further notice. Books will not be sent home each day to avoid any infection being transferred to School or home.

Parents will be asked to collect and pick up children in line with social distancing procedures. These measures are being discussed to ensure the safety of all children, parents and staff.

It may be some time before we return to our normal School day but in the meantime we will ensure that the children in our care will receive the best education, support and love as always.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Mary Collins Executive Headteacher