I am sure that you, like us, were relieved to hear the announcement yesterday from the PM that schools will be reopening to all on 8th March. The last term was incredibly challenging and the news that we will all be together again is simply the best news possible. I cannot wait to see all the children back.
We had planned to reopen fully in January and so had all our risk assessments in place. As a staff, we will now spend the next few days going through these risk assessments, making any changes if necessary. This will then be shared with governors early next week so that they can approve the final version. I will then write to you next week with the plans for the 8th.
What I can share with you now is that we will still be working in year group bubbles, ensuring that, unless absolutely necessary, children and staff do not mix bubbles. Meetings and assemblies will continue to be virtual and, for now, there will be no events or extra-curricular clubs. We are excited for the time when our clubs, trips, residentials and events can be resumed.
In school, children will have full access to the national curriculum and will have as many in-house and in-year enrichment activities as our risk assessment will allow.
The only times when mixing year groups is unavoidable is for breakfast and after school clubs. For this reason, and again we hope this will only be until everyone is vaccinated, we must limit breakfast club and after school club to children of key workers only where no other provision is possible. You will receive a parent mail with details of how to book.
The timing of staggered starts and ends to the day will remain as before and we still cannot allow parents on site unless a special arrangement has been made. You are of course welcome to pop into reception during the day to pick up anything you need from our larder, but please avoid doing this during drop off and pick up times.
I will write again next week with more detail once the risk assessment has been approved by governors.
Thank you so much for all your efforts to support your children with remote learning. I am sure you will have lots to talk about in this week’s parents’ evenings.
We are all hoping that this will be the last lockdown and that this return is a step forward to St. Nick’s being back to its true glory!
All good wishes,