Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are keeping safe. The government has now confirmed that they would like schools to re-open gradually, starting with Year 6, Nursery, Reception and Year one. Islington have also advised that this should be gradual after all safety precautions are in place.
A number of schools across London have chosen to open to more children on June 15th. I would rather open to more children sooner. I will invite Year 6 pupils back in the week beginning 8th June. This week the Year 6 class teachers will be phoning parents who have indicated that they wish to return or have indicated that they are undecided. It is important that we know how many pupils are coming so that we can provide adequate staffing. If you have already indicated that you are not sending your child back until September that is for you to decide. If you change your mind, please contact the school to let us know. We would love to see your children.The home learning materials both online and paper copies will still be produced and you are entitled to educate your child at home.
I will now describe the safety measures that will be in place to ensure that your child is safe. The full details fill several pages but here is a summary. I am creating a new page on the website where we will put further back to school details.
Children will be met on arrival and have their temperature taken. If it is too high, they will be asked to go home. They will then be asked to wash their hands thoroughly before going to class.
The government guidance refers to ‘bubbles’. This means a group of staff and pupils which are self-contained and will not interact with staff or children in another bubble. A bubble will have a maximum of fifteen pupils and the adults teaching them. A bubble may be split into smaller groups for teaching purposes. The adults and children in each bubble will work together, eat together and play together, for example, you may have two children: one in Year 6 and one in Year 1. They would be in separate bubbles and would not see each other at school.
Year 6 pupils will be expected to practice social distancing. In a school, this cannot always be two metres apart but we will aim for at least one metre at all times. This is in keeping with many other countries and the advice of the World Health Organisation.The youngest children do not understand social distancing and I think it would be wrong to expect them to. For these pupils will limit contact by keeping the number of pupils in each group very low.
The school will have a deep clean every day. One cleaner will be working while the children are at school to continually sanitise door handles, surfaces etc.
We will provide a meal for every child. If you choose, you can send in a packed lunch.
Parents in Nursery, Reception and Year one will get a phone call next week unless you have indicated that you are not returning until September. Likewise, you are free to change your mind and we would love to see you. As with Year 6, the home learning materials will continue until the end of term.
I am sorry this letter is so long but there is a lot to say. My priority is what you, the parents at Pooles Park, want for your children. I read everything that the government and Islington borough send, with you in mind. Keep communicating with us through the phone calls or by visiting the school. If you prefer to email, please do so on the email address below. We will answer promptly.
And my apologies to parents of children in Years 2/3/4/5. You are last on the government’s list but equally important to us. We will be in touch with you as soon as we have news.
Please look at the document below and talk to your child about it before they return to school