Newsletter following Prime Ministers update

Dear Parents/Carers,

I do hope that you and your families are well.

Like so many of you, I listened last night to the Prime Minister’s update where he set out his plan for the way forward. Mr Johnson has set out the order in which he expects Year groups of children to return to school, starting with Reception, Year 1 and 6; this could begin from 1st June 2020 onwards.

Unfortunately, at the moment, I have no more information than you do. Local Authorities and School Leaders have not yet received any detail or clarification of the way that this will work in practice. However, throughout the Covid 19 pandemic the DfE and Local Authority have spoken on a daily basis, as have Headteachers and the Local Authority. I expect that today will see more detail emerging about how this will look in practice and what precautions can be taken to ensure that any re-opening of schools is carried out as safely and smoothly as possible.

One of the key messages that was reinforced constantly throughout the Prime Minister’s update was ‘if’. There can be no definite timeline for anything in this unprecedented situation. Any reopening will be conditional on the number of new infections staying low.

Before any children return to school, we will outline the measures that we will be taking in school to keep everyone safe. I would like to reassure you that all of our decisions will be made with safety and wellbeing as the priority – for children and their families as well as staff and their families.

Until then, there will be no change to the current situation in school – business as usual. No children should come into school other than the children of key workers who have been using the childcare provision available. We will continue to use the booking system that has worked so well in recent weeks for these families.

The Learning Projects will continue to be uploaded to the school website each Monday to support parents with home learning.

I would appreciate your continued patience and support whilst we work out the details. As soon as I have further information, I will of course contact you and tell you how we will begin to re-open at Blanford Mere.

Sending my best wishes to all of our families – stay safe.

Mrs Miller


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