Re-opening of schools from Monday 8 March, possibly
The Prime Minister announced that he hopes it will be safe to start the re-opening of schools from Monday 8 March. This is in response to national public health information and pressure on NHS capacity.
- Nursery, remains open to all pupils who are healthy and well;
- school is open to children of key-workers and those who are vulnerable;
- Breakfast Club, After-school Club and February Half-term Holiday Club are open to children who are learning in school;
- all other pupils continue to learn at home through Microsoft Teams.
Over 220 pupils are learning in school from Reception to Year 6. Class sizes are smaller for social distancing to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection being spread. There is no more space for any extra pupils.
Staff who are working in school now take a coronavirus test twice a week. Lateral flow test kits are used at home to identify staff who are asymptomatic. We hope that this helps break the chain of infection and helps us to stay open to more pupils for more of the time.
Over 600 pupils are learning at home. Nearly every pupil joins their video lessons and completes work. Support from parents at home is amazing. We know the pressures, challenges and sacrifices that you are making. Thank you. Together we can keep going so that our children do not miss out on learning.
We continue to check and review the quality of our work. This includes listening to pupils, parents and teachers. After half-term, we will use new functions in Teams to improve learning at home.
I will write to you again as soon as we know more about the government's plans to re-open schools. We do not get any advance notice. When government ministers speak or make an announcement, we hear it the same as everyone else. This makes planning, preparation and decision making more challenging. We may re-open from Monday 8 March but it might be later.