12th May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Preparing for the opening of school to more pupils from 1st June
As many of you may be aware, the Department for Education released further information late yesterday evening which gave more detail about the potential wider re-opening of schools from 1st June. This guidance can be found via the following link:
As you can appreciate, the potential expansion of school opening to more pupils will take considerable time and planning, both from the school but also from the Local Authority. What I can promise you all is that my main priority will be creating the best and safest return for our children, staff and the members of the St Thomas More community.
Between now and 1st June, the team and I will make plans for pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to possibly return from 1st June 2020. This is obviously very dependent on the latest Government guidance and the continued checking of the rates of infection of COVID-19.
These plans will include a thorough risk assessment of the school site and a series of potential adaptations to the arrangements that we are all used to. These changes may include:
As well as planning to ensure that the physical environment is as safe as possible, we will also be making the most of the flexibility to we have to provide support and education to every child. At the right time, this will focus upon:
We will do our best to ensure that you are kept informed but as you can appreciate planning for a return of this nature and the complexities that are associated with it is going to take time. What you as parents think is at the forefront of what we will do and we will be sending out a survey in due course. As soon as we have a proposed plan agreed, we will share this with you.
I will endeavour to keep you all informed at every opportunity. Please be patient with us and continue to be the wonderfully supportive community that you have been so far.
Please continue to stay safe and well.
Mrs N Tippen