15th May 2020
Dear parents/ carers,
I do hope that you and your families are staying safe and well. The staff are enjoying maintaining contact with children and parents and it has been great to hear what you have all been doing.
We come to the end of a very challenging week following the announcement by the Prime Minister last Sunday, about the possibility of schools re-opening on the 1st June.
I know there are many concerns from parents and families regarding what this would look like in practice, unfortunately, I am currently unable to give you a clearer picture of what this provision could look like at Henham.
We are currently reviewing the latest Government information and advice of the measures that need to be put into place to ensure that children and staff are as safe as possible.
This involves a number of different scenarios of what our offer could look like, including part time provision.
Attached is a letter from Clare Kershaw, Director of Education at Essex County Council, to outline the position from County.
In view of all this information, and to assist with planning, we are trying to get some idea of numbers, if reopening goes ahead as planned.
Guidance published by the Department of Education clarified that families who do not send their children back to school will not face a penalty – although they will be strongly encouraged to send their child/ren to school, unless a child or a family member is shielding, or the child is particularly vulnerable due to an underlying condition.
In order for us to plan effectively for a safe return, it would be extremely helpful if parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 could email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating whether or not their child/ren will be returning to school on the date currently proposed – June 1st 2020.
I understand that for a lot of parents this will be a difficult question to answer without the detailed information as to how this will be managed at Henham. However, if you could still respond with the caveat, that any re-opening will only go ahead once we are confident and assured that the guidance can be followed and the health, safety and wellbeing of all children, parents and staff is in place, this would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
I would again like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during this very challenging time of establishing a safe return to school.
Partnership Delivery – West Essex have produced an online resources pack which I have attached. A great document with links to lots of online activities and resources.
Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS) I am pleased to share with you the latest editions of their Weekly Bulletins, an interactive resource aimed to support schools and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend, please continue to take care.