Phased wider opening from Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Since the announcement from the Prime Minister informing us that schools would be opening to more pupils from Monday 1st June, we have been working hard to try and adhere to the constantly changing guidance that has been released. At the heart of what we are doing is the safety and wellbeing of the pupils, staff and families of Lakeside.
Firstly, school will open on Tuesday 2nd June 2020, to Reception and Key Worker Children only. The reason for this decision is down to how we have had to configure the classroom in school and the staffing capacity we currently have. It is hoped that in the coming weeks, we may be able to increase wider to include Year 1 but this will again depend on staffing. We will be constantly reviewing the process and when we can safely accommodate the children of Year 1 as a year group, we shall. We shall NOT be opening to Nursery or Year 6 as a whole year group due to the measure highlighted above. If you are a Key Worker and you have children in any year group, we shall be able to offer your child a place (including Nursery).
I would also state that in order to protect pupils and staff further, we shall be operating a ‘Bubble’ system in school. This is to minimise the amount of contact children have in school with other children and staff. The pupils will be in these bubbles for the remainder of the academic year. Again, due to the issues I have mentioned above, it may mean that your child is not with their usual class teacher. Unfortunately this in unavoidable due to the capacity of staff we have available.
When your child/ren come into school it will be very different to how they left it. School as we know it will not be the same due to the measure that we have to put in place. However, what will remain is our commitment to nurture and support the pupil’s wellbeing during this time. The nurturing nature of the staff at Lakeside in unrivalled and I know it will be at the forefront of what we do as a school.
To coin a phrase ‘we are living in unprecedented times’ and I know that many parents will be feeling anxious about their children returning. As a parent myself, I feel those anxieties too so in order for you to be informed of what we are planning in school, I urge you to read the action plan and look at the classroom layouts that I have posted on the website. It details the measure we are putting in place. It does include provision for Year 1 although I must stress again that in the initial few week we shall be opening to Reception and Key Workers ONLY. We have tried to cover as many eventualities and scenarios as possible while adhering to the government guidance. Please use it to hopefully allay any fears and make an informed decision.
If your children are returning to the school, we ask that parents in the year groups stated (Reception and Key Workers initially) inform the school office of their intention to send their children back to school no later than Wednesday 27th May 2020. Please inform the school via email: email@example.com or alternatively by phone: 01827 213990. Please leave a message if no one answers stating:
- your child’s full name,
- their year group
- and/or if they are a key worker pupil.
If we do not hear from parents we shall assume that your child is not returning on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 and will not allocate your child into a particular ‘Bubble’. We will let parents know by text message on Friday 29th May which Bubble their child is in.
Finally, I would like to thank all parents/carers for your continued support and understanding. The messages of support on twitter and through the emails have been greatly appreciated by not just me but the wider staff also. I would also personally like to say how much I have missed you all and I wish that we were all returning to school under different conditions and circumstances. For those that do return, I am looking forward to seeing you again. For those that are not coming back, I urge you to continue accessing the home learning grids as these will still be available. I also encourage you to keep sharing your learning experiences via the school twitter or email so we can be part of your learning.
I am looking forward to the day when we shall all look back on these strange times and marvel at what we have all been through. Hopefully it will be in the not too distant future. Until then stay safe and look after each other.
Mr N. Probert
For Wider opening Action Plan please click here.