Following the recent announcements from the Government, at Long Knowle we intend to begin a gradual return to school over the next few weeks, as long as it is safe to do so.
We have put a number of measures into place to try to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and pupils.
The school is closed to all pupils on Monday 1st June. From Tuesday 2nd June, we will be open for the Year 6 pupils whose parents have chosen for them to come back and to the key-worker and vulnerable children who have already been attending.
As long as it is safe to do so, we may then begin to open to other year groups. We will keep those parents who have opted for a place informed of possible start dates when they are confirmed.
The number of days each week that children will be back will depend on the numbers of children making that choice.
We will not have any more than 9 children in each 'bubble' of children. Each 'bubble' will have the same staff throughout (not necessarily their usual teacher) and will be taught in the same room (not necessarily their usual room).
'Bubbles' of children will not be allowed to mix with each other, even at break and lunchtime. Start and finish times will be staggered to minimise the number of parents dropping off and collecting.
Each child will have a desk assigned to them; this is where they will have to remain to work; if the children go outside for any lessons, they will need to remain at a 2m distance from each other and from the staff.
We have produced a 'Home School Agreement' regarding the current restrictions which have to be in place to maintain safety as best we can. The parents of all children coming back to school will be expected to email their agreement to these rules before we can take the child in.
Our current Risk Assessment is posted on the website on the 'Classwork Handouts' page, in a new folder called 'Return to School Documents'.
You can also see a copy of the Covid 'Home School Agreement' here.
In the meantime, from Monday all our teachers will continue to provide a range of home learning activities each week. These will be posted in the class folders and also on Purple Mash'.
In these uncertain times, only you can decide whether you are happy for your child to return during the summer term if a place in their class group is available.
During the summer term, we will not be fining parents who choose not to send their child in. This will, of course, be reviewed from the Autumn term!
PLEASE continue to follow guidelines to keep yourselves and your families safe - PLEASE maintain social distancing and handwashing both out and about and if you start to meet with friends and family members.
We look forward to seeing you all...eventually!