Return in September Update!

I have written to you many times since February and the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. The attached blog may be the longest yet (!) and contains all the details you need to know about our return in September.

If any aspects raise concerns or questions, please do let me know and I will be more than happy to discuss them with you. Either Andy Baker or I will also be available throughout the holidays via email if you wish to contact us then.

I would like to reassure you that although we are planning to fully open in September, we are not oblivious to the fact that there may be additional ‘spikes’ in the virus or more challenging times ahead as the winter approaches. We will review our risk assessments on a weekly basis and will not hesitate to close the school or send groups home if we need to. In fact, the government guidelines specify that all schools need to have a lock down and remote education plan that can be activated at short notice. That plan will be in place for September and we will share it with you.

I really do hope that you and the children manage to achieve some sort of normality over the holidays and take a break from home schooling. Should you wish to continue, we will be sending home a variety of maths games and a reading support booklet as well as reading and writing challenges. In term of maths, please do not forget the all-important core skills of times tables, money and time. I will also be sending home a blank post card for the children to send back to me, if they would like to, with writing and a picture of their choice. Any received will form part of a display in my office and around the school! None of the above is compulsory and, if a break from schooling is what you and your child need, then that is absolutely fine and to be encouraged!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and patience during what has been an incredibly challenging time for all of us. I am very proud of how our school community has come together in a team of amazing staff, children and parents. You have been brilliant ‘home teachers’ and your commitment to remote learning has contributed hugely to the fantastic progress many children have made during this time. You have certainly made our job in September a lot easier, so thank you!

We are delighted to have had so many children back into school even if it is for a week and only wish it could have been longer. Nationally only 26% of primary age children have returned to school since lock down; at Yardley, we have seen more than 89% of children back in school. I know many of you could not return due to shielding or other concerns and I completely support and understand that decision. We are very excited to see you all again in September!

I am sure I will see many of you over the next few days but if not, I hope you have a lovely summer holiday!

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