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Partial re-opening of school for years 10 and 12

Date published: Tue 12 May 2020   Author:    Category: Academic   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Tuesday May 12th 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the announcements and guidance released over the last two days, I am writing to update you on our plans to partially reopen the Bulmershe School for year 10 and 12. We will also be continuing to provide care provision for the children of key workers and those who have additional needs or are considered vulnerable.  Please read the information in this letter carefully.

Firstly, it is important to remember that although the date of 1st June has been announced, this is a potential target date which could change. We will be working to this target date to be ready to receive children back into school anytime from 1st June.

As parents, you are not obliged to send your child to school during this time. Every family’s circumstances are unique and I would encourage you to consider your own personal circumstances very carefully before returning your child to school.

School life will feel very different for us all when we return. Government guidance has been published to support student and staff wellbeing and schools are to take a flexible approach to how this is managed in context. The list below contains some examples of changes that are likely to happen in order to ensure pupils and staff are safe and well:

1.         Staggered starts and ends to the school day to prevent groups of children and their parents mixing

2.         Changes to daily routine

3.         No mixing of staff or children between groups in school

4.         Children bringing their own equipment such as pens & pencils to school

5.         Classrooms rearranged to create space and accommodate no more than 10 in a class

6.         Regular hand washing

7.         No external visitors to school

8.         An adjusted curriculum which will remain aligned with the distance learning provision 

There may be more changes as plans develop and we will keep you informed accordingly. In short, our focus for reopening will be on keeping everyone safe and well. 

Please note that the government has not recommended the use of PPE, in schools. Face masks will therefore not be provided by school and there will be no requirement for your child to wear one. Staff and pupils, however, may choose to wear a face mask or face covering.

I know that you are all very concerned and will have a lot of questions over the coming days. I would like to reassure you that the staff and I are considering every option available to us to ensure that all the children, whether they return to school or remain at home, continue to receive the very best that we can provide. I will be writing to you regularly to update you on our next steps and what this means for you and your family. I would be grateful for your patience over the next week as we work through the planning process.

Thank you once again for all that you continue to do to support your child at home and for the kind messages we have received over the last few weeks.

Take care

Amanda Woodfin




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