Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you are having a lovely week and have enjoyed the family time together. Following the Prime Minister’s briefing yesterday, where he confirmed the five conditional tests for opening schools had all been met, we wanted to confirm our plans as a school for opening from the 1st June that will go ahead as planned.
As a school we have always been open for our key worker and vulnerable groups and this will continue from the 1st June. Alongside these groups of children, we are also opening for groups of Year 6 from Monday 1st June and then groups of Reception and Year 1 from Wednesday 3rd June. All the families who requested a place in those year groups and key worker families, have been emailed with details of start and finish times alongside a home school agreement that must be completed before returning to school.
If you didn’t request a place and receive an email from us, then please do not send your child in as it is imperative we have the correct staffing and space for the children we are expecting. Each week, we will send the form out again for you to request a place for your child if you are a key worker, or have a child in reception, year 1 or year 6.
There have been a few changes in school over the past few weeks since details were first released to us about a wider opening. We have cleared many of our classrooms and divided spaces to fit with guidance, but have also tried to keep a welcoming environment for our children. There are some stark differences with arrows in the corridors to show direction of travel, playground and field divided in to spaces for different groups and posters reminding of social distancing and effective hand washing. However, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the people - the Edlesborough Team- who are ready and eagerly waiting to greet the children when they return.
The link below will show you a short video clip of some of the teaching spaces for our new ‘bubbles’ of children and the school environment- we hope that by sharing a few images, your child (and you) will feel reassured yet also prepared for what school will look like.
Our outside area has also been marked up to support you in adhering to social distancing guidelines as per the home school agreement. Should your child be upset and unable to be encouraged in to school, we will be unable to take them from you or to let you beyond the drop off point, so if this happens please reassure your child and then take them back home with you to try again the next day. However, please be reassured that both Mrs Peel and I will be outside the school on Monday and Wednesday to support both you and your children and we will do all we can to ensure a smooth handover,
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Laura Rimmer