A message from the Headteacher

 
 

21.05.2020

Dear Parents and Carers

You will now be aware that across Bury children will not now be beginning to re-start school on 1st June as explained in Cllr Tariq’s letter here: https://www.hollinsgrundy.com/news/3948-2/.

Whilst governors and staff fully support the council’s decision we nevertheless will continue to make preparations for when children return. Although we cannot be certain, we are working on the assumption that some children may be returning to school before the end of the school year.

Many parents we have contacted are unsure about whether they would want their children to return if schools do re-open before the summer and this is understandable. Social distancing requirements will be in place alongside increased hand-washing etc and the school experience will not be the same as it was before. To help illustrate what this may look like I have uploaded photos on the Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 class pages of what those classrooms currently look like.

The physical changes to the classroom will go alongside other changes designed to limit the spread of infection and will inevitably lead to school life being very different for children.

  • There will be staggered start and finish times.
  • Children should be brought to school by only one adult
  • Parents and carers should observe strict social distancing on the journey to school and outside the school gates
  • Not all children returning to school will have their old class teacher
  • Children in all classes will be in smaller groups with one teacher and teaching assistant (where possible).
  • Groups of children and staff will not mix and will have separate lunch times and break times.
  • We will be unable to guarantee that all children will be in a group with all of their friends.
  • To try to maintain social distancing between children where possible, children will sit on their own and avoid sharing resources or working in groups.
  • To prevent the spread of infection, resources such as reading books and work sheets will not be sent home or taken back into school.

These measures will mean that school will be a very different experience from the one that children experienced previously.

We are continuing to prepare for children’s return to school and will let you know our plans regularly.

Kind regards

Simon Waddington                                          Sarah Heathcote

Headteacher                                                      Chair of Governors

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