Sunday 24th May
Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine between the gales of wind.
School remains open next week (with the exception of Bank Holiday Monday) for key worker’s children and for those children that have been identified as being eligible for a school place for other reasons.
If the Government announce on the 28th May that schools should begin to open to more pupils, our aim will be, to open for Y6 pupils from the 8th June. Please read the letter below for further information regarding this decision.
Please be reassured that parents will not be penalised if they decide not to send their child to school and home learning will continue to be sent to support your child.
We will contact parents of Y6 pupils next week to discuss their possible return to school.
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Friday 22nd May 2020
Update for parents re: school opening
Parents opening letter
We felt it important to provide you with an update regarding the provision the school is offering in the coming weeks. Firstly, we will continue to be open over the Whit break, week beginning the 25th May for the children of Key Workers and also children deemed vulnerable, other than on Bank Holiday Monday. We are also aiming to re-open for Year 6 pupils as well on Monday 8th June as requested by the government. However, we are awaiting further information from the government regarding re-opening which is due to be released on the 28th May before we can officially confirm June 8th as the first day back in school for Year 6 pupils.
We can reassure you that Scalby Learning Trust are keen to re-open our schools fully and get all of our children back as soon as possible and we are sure you look forward to that day too. In order for this to happen though, we must stay mindful of the risk that COVID-19 may pose to our school and in turn to the wider community. Indeed, given the evidence presented to us so far, we have to state that we cannot eliminate this risk, only seek to minimise it by working in very different ways. For example, in order to maintain social distancing, we will need to limit class sizes to ten pupils. There will also be a need to avoid crowding at the school entrances by pupils and parents at the start and end of the day. Systems will need to be in place to address this. There will also be a need for regular hand washing and deep cleaning of work spaces.
Having carefully worked through what these new ways of working will involve, we have sadly reached the conclusion that we need to move forward more slowly than the government has requested. This will mean that besides being open for the children of key workers as we currently are, the only full year group we will admit at this stage will be Year 6. As previously stated, we aim to do this on Monday 8th June, having used the time beforehand to train our staff to operate in new ways and to equip ourselves with the appropriate safety resources.
The introduction of Year 6 only will allow us to trial new ways of working with our oldest pupils who will better understand the need for social distancing. The trial phase will last initially for a fortnight, with pupils doing half days for the first week and a full day in week two. You will be informed in a more detailed letter when your child should arrive at school and when they will leave.
During this trial phase, we are keen to hear feedback from you as to how this new way of working is progressing with your child so we can develop it further as need be. Contact details can be found on the school web-site. Then, once we have adapted to a new approach with Year 6 and feel confident we can safely move on to accommodate more pupils, Year 5 will be the next group to be admitted to school. The reason we will move next to Year 5 is because they will be more able to adapt to the need for social distancing than younger children. You will then be notified in due course when we are ready to take pupils from other year groups. I am sure you appreciate that we cannot give definite time scales for the readmission of other year groups, until we know how things work with Year 6. We will however, provide a further update for parents by 22nd June 2020 and in the mean-time, confirm the date for the Year 6 start as soon as we are able.
Cheryl Cappleman Headteacher Friarage School David Read CEO Scalby Learning Trust
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Monday 25th May 2020
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