Please find information about supporting families who have children with emotional and mental health.
The Mental Health Support Teams have produced a guidance document for parents with information around supporting their primary aged children to return to school. I have attached it for your information as you may find it useful.
12th May 2020
Re: update on possible reopening of schools
Thank you for your patience while we waited for further information on reopening schools – the government has now published more guidance, and we summarise what we know so far below.
To recap, if the government thinks it’s safe, schools will reopen from 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be creating a detailed plan to make sure we can safely welcome these year groups back, if it’s safe for us to start the phased reopening of the school then. Precautions we’ll be taking include:
- Limiting class sizes
- Staggering break times, and pick-up and drop-off times
- Increased cleaning
- Keeping pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms at home
If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is in this group, they should not come back to school and should continue home learning. If your child is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), you should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. Please refer to government guidance for further details of these groups.
I want to reassure you again that we won’t be pressuring parents to send their children to school – you know what’s best for your child’s health and wellbeing. We’ll provide you with more details on the arrangements for reopening in the coming weeks, so you can make the appropriate decision.
Please be reminded that in the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. Until we’re told it’s safe to do so, we’re unable to provide places for other children.
We’ll keep you updated once we know more about when the school will be able to reopen for other year groups. For pupils at home, we’ll continue to support you and your child with home learning, and meal support for those eligible.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email on email@example.com
11th May 2020
Re: possible reopening of school to more pupils in June
We know you will have seen lots of discussion in the news today that schools may reopen on 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it’s safe then.
We’re waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government right now, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We’ll share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice.
It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure we’re ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.
However, we’re also not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We’ll keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so you can make an informed decision.
In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we’re not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.
Year 6 Statutory Tests (SATS) This week should have been the Statutory Tests for our Year 6 pupils. Today would have been the first day, arriving at school early, enjoying snacks and brain gym with class mates, ready to take tests that the children have been working towards all year. I am sure many children from Year 6 will be quite happy to be missing them, equally, I know that we have lots of disappointed children who wanted to prove how much progress they have made and they take a lot pride in that. We will be thinking of all our Year 6 children this week in what will be a very unusual and uncertain time for them all at home. We are very proud of them and know that they would have all fulfilled their potential. We will keep you informed every step of the way regarding transition arrangements and possibility of returning to school before the Summer Holidays.
We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I am sure many of you will have watched the Prime Minister’s address to the nation this evening. You will have heard the Prime Minister indicating that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June, starting with pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6. This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review.
Like you, I have only just seen the announcement and that at this stage cannot answer all your questions you will have. We are waiting to receive more information from government about what this means for our school. In the short term, nothing has changed and I will provide further information in the coming days and weeks once I am able to do so.
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