Newsletter 33 – 22nd May 2020

Dear Parents

Arrangements for opening to more children

Thank you very much to all the parents who responded so quickly to let us know whether their children in FS, Year 1 and Year 6 will be joining us when we start to take extra children into school on 2nd June. We are still not certain that this will happen, of course, as the Government might change their minds on 28th May which is the date they have given us for their final decision. But we are working towards having children join us on Tuesday 2nd June if they are in the eligible year groups (FS, Y1 and Y6) or are part of our Key Worker cohort that has been with us throughout the school closures. There is no requirement for parents to send their children in to school at the moment but we are really looking forward to welcoming these year groups back, and have plans for lots of wonderful activities, lots of outdoor learning and lots of fun.

Please note that we are NOT open for any children, including key workers’ children, on Monday 1st June!

In order to comply with the direction for children to be in groups (or Bubbles) of no larger than 15 children, we have had to ask every teacher to teach a group of children once we re-open to the extra year groups on 2nd June.

This means that there is, sadly, no way that staff can engage in their daily real time Moodle activities as they do at the moment. However, we will do our best to keep some distance learning available for children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. Teachers will ensure that work and projects are uploaded to Moodle weekly but they will not be able to take submissions or engage with children directly as they will be working with the classes they have in front of them. We are very sorry that our offer on the distance learning has had to be reduced in this way, but you will understand that our teachers cannot be in two places at once. We will be finishing school early every Friday – children leaving school just after lunch – to enable our teachers to try to catch up with some of the Moodle provision and all the assessing, planning and preparation for the week ahead, and to clean everything thoroughly.

Teachers will be working late into the nights to make this system work as best we can under complex and challenging conditions, and I am very grateful to them for their ongoing positivity and commitment to excellence for all our children. We do have the best team in the country!

Sick Children Please do not send your child into school if you have even the slightest doubt about their health. This is one of the primary ways in which we will keep our children, staff and community safe. If you suspect any member of your family may have the virus, you can now go and be tested. Please isolate if you have a suspicion that you may be affected.

Wiltshire has had very low rates of infection and these continue to fall, thankfully.

School Lunches If your child is coming in to school in June, and you wish them to have a school lunch please book through Lataca in the usual way. We can only offer packed lunches as children will be eating in their classrooms in their own Bubbles so as to reduce the number of contacts they have in school.

Drop off and Pick up Each family who has a child coming into school in June will receive a letter today showing the precise times that they need to drop off and pick up their children, and also where this needs to happen. Some groups will be coming in through the big gates on the field, and others through the usual pedestrian gates to reduce contact. Please check where your child needs to be dropped off and picked up. Only one parent can pick up or drop of their child, and they must leave the area quickly as soon as they are finished. Brightly coloured ribbons in the hedge will help you judge the 2m distance you need to keep as you queue to come into school. Please be prompt as you drop off and pick up – there are a lot of children to welcome and we want everyone to be as safe as possible.

Please don’t bring any extra items from home except lunchboxes and water bottles. No reading folders, no books, no PE kit, no toys or equipment. We want to reduce any likelihood of cross contamination. All equipment they will need is here.

Please let your children wear trainers to school and bring sun hats and rain coats since we will be outside for much of every day regardless of the weather.

If this changes Last week, headteachers had over 40 different communications from the Government about opening to more children – things change constantly and it is difficult to forecast what will happen next. We usually hear about significant changes through the BBC before we get official notification, so you will know about any big changes at the same time that we do. If things change dramatically before 2nd June, we shall text everyone and update them on what the new arrangements will be. But for now, we expect to open to the eligible year groups and will enjoy having our school buzzing with children again.

Don’t Forget! Wiltshire Local Authority has set up a Wellbeing Hub. You can make contact with them and they will signpost you to the most appropriate support for your particular needs, whether this is emotional, financial or physical. Their details are:  “Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub”

Email: wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 003 4576

Stay at home as much as possible, stay safe and stay well.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

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