September Return Letter

Published by: | Date: 18th June 2020

18th June 2020

Dear Parents,

I am sure like us, many of you are anxious about the remainder of this academic year and the possible organisation for September and what the rules may be regarding pupils returning to school. 

Last week it was announced by the government that primary schools would not be expected to have all pupils return before the summer holiday if capacity was not available.  At St Elizabeth’s we have been able to welcome back pupils who wish to return from all the year groups requested by the government (pre-school, reception, Y1 and Y6 alongside key worker and vulnerable children).  However, as we are not able to have groups larger than 15, this has meant using every classroom and every available member of staff.  It is therefore extremely unlikely that we will be able to accommodate other year groups before the end of the summer term.  Work will continue to be set on Google Classroom however, and we are currently looking to begin some virtual face-to-face lessons for pupils in Y2, Y3 and Y4 which you should have heard about in a different letter.  This has been trialled with Y5 pupils this week and we are hoping to extend to other year groups who are currently not invited to return to school, ie. Pupils in Y2, Y3 and Y4 who have to continue to work at home.

In relation to September, I am expecting that there will be a further statement from the Department for Education in the next few days which should hopefully clarify some of the rules for next term in relation social distancing, possible class sizes etc.  Once we have received this communication, we will work as quickly as possible to work out how this might affect our return to St Elizabeth’s in September and what this will look like for pupils, parents and staff.  This will be shared with you as soon as is practical.  However, it is also very possible that any briefing from the Department for Education will not fully clarify requirements or that governmental decisions may be postponed until later.  If this is the case, we will communicate with you as soon as possible, even if this is through the Summer break.

I would like to finish by thanking everyone once again for all the support you have given to St Elizabeth’s over this difficult time of school closure.  We all want to open school for everyone as soon as the government deem it safe to do so and our school risk assessment makes it possible within our setting.  On behalf of the school staff, I would like to thank pupils (and parents) who are working so hard on the google classroom, on their paper packs and now within virtual lessons. 

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Walsh

Headteacher

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