Our response to Tuesday's Government announcement.
Good afternoon Silverhill,
I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the hot weather! The breeze over Wednesday and Thursday saved us all from cowering in the shade! It's been great to see so many happy, smiling, faces during my weekly Teams assembly on a Thursday (9.30 am every week). I hope the blended approach to home learning this week through the use of the online teacher-led lessons has helped improve children's independence and given those of you working from home a little more time to focus on your own workload!
On Tuesday Boris Johnson informed the nation that it was recommended that from 4 July 2020 people keep two metres away from others as a precaution or one metre when the risk can be mitigated by taking other precautions in the staying safe outside your home guidance.
As a result, schools are being encouraged to use the capacity they have and the flexibility the government has allowed to facilitate increased numbers of children in school; but only if they can work within the protective measures.
Although we are unable to staff any increase in the number of pods we are currently running, we are able to extend the capacity of each pod from 10 children to 15 children. This increase in numbers creates enough school places to complete Phase 1 of our plan which was to prioritise places to all vulnerable children and children with key worker parents. With this increased capacity we are also now able to move into Phase 2 of our original plan and invite Year 6 back into school from Tuesday 7th July. We will then be at our new capacity of 180 (12 pods of 15) with 141 vulnerable and children of keyworkers and the remaining 39 Year 6 pupils.
Next week, Key Workers who applied for a school place by 10th June, as outlined in our communication letter on 4th June, will all be offered a school place and will be contacted via text message. If you haven't heard by Wednesday 1st July your application will have been submitted after 10th,
A reminder that school will be closed for all pupils next Friday 3rd and Monday 6th for the traditional July 'long weekend'. Over these two training days, we will develop a contingency plan in case Mr. Johnson's intentions of all pupils returning are compromised by a potential second wave of coronavirus. However, our current intention is that all pupils will start back in their new academic year group from Thursday 3rd September.
Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Burley