14th May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
The government has announced plans for some children to start to return to school from Monday 1st June (at the earliest). This date is not yet confirmed and the government will make further announcements. We know you will have questions about when your children will be able to return to school and we are really looking forward to welcoming children and families back. We are asking you to give us time to work on our plans for this, to make sure arrangements are in place so that all children and adults can be as safe as possible whilst they are here. I am sure you will appreciate what a complex task this is.
You will have heard on the news that the government’s initial plan for primary school children is for reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils to be the first groups to return to school. The guidance for special schools, which has been less widely publicised, recognises the different needs of our children:
“Special schools….should work towards a phased return of more children….without a focus on specific year groups.”
It then goes on to say that special schools should:
“work towards welcoming back as many children and young people as can be safely catered for in their setting. They may want to prioritise attendance based on key transitions ….and to consider creating part-time attendance rotas so that as many children as possible can benefit from attending their setting.”
The full guidance can be found here
In the meantime, only children of critical workers and those identified as vulnerable can come in to school, with the agreement of the headteacher. As you will be aware, we have completed a risk assessment for every child and this informs all decisions about attendance. If you think your child can/should be in school, please contact the us to discuss with a member of the leadership team.
We will be contacting families individually to discuss when your child can return to school. This is unlikely to be at the same time for all children, even those in the same year group. We recognise that you may not wish for your child to return to school at this point in time and respect this viewpoint. Children should only return to school when we have agreed a start date with you and not before.
We will tell you more as soon as we can.
In the meantime, please continue to visit the Student Zone on the school website here for lots of fantastic ideas for activities and learning opportunities.
If there are any other ways in which we can help you at this difficult time please do contact us. We hope that you and your family are safe and well.