15th May 2020 -Weekly Covid-19 update Week Four Summer Term

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15th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Weekly Covid-19 update – Week Four Summer Term

I hope you and your families are all well and safe as we continue to face the lockdown and social distancing.

At the start of the week, the Prime Minister said that a phased return to school would begin in June with pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, if infection rates and the Government's other tests at the time allow it.

Over the past few days, leaders have met on a number of occasions, the Headteachers have also been in discussions with the Local Authority and I have spoken to the Chair of Governors and gather leader’s thoughts about the next steps for re-opening the school.

I want to reassure everyone that what we do as a school will be in the best interests of the children, parents and the staff.

The school will not rush into anything and we will make sure that the health and well-being of all is at the heart of any decisions that we make.

Yesterday, I made it clear to the Local Authority that Claycots will definitely be taking a measured and systematic response to these guidelines and we will not rush to bring back children in Year N, R, 1 and 6 on the 1st June. Therefore, unfortunately I cannot say when cohorts (any year groups) of children will return to school at this time.

The staff are desperate to see the children. However, it is very clear, even from the Government’s own admission, that the social distancing of 2 metres cannot be strictly adhered to in a classroom environment for primary aged children and therefore the school is concerned for the safety of all children, parents and their relatives, and the staff.

Before the occurrence of Covid-19/Coronavirus, both campuses accommodated nearly 1000 pupils and staff on a daily basis. The Claycots schools are big schools and we know already how hard it will be to implement the guidelines outlined by the DfE and the Health and Safety Executive. The school will continue to look for solutions and look at models but we need to ensure that every base is covered. The school needs to be totally confident that re-opening for different year groups is the right thing and the safe thing to do. The decision-making process should not be rushed or be reckless.

We will take small steps each week and re-evaluate the situation on a weekly basis.

Our first step will be to re-open the Town Hall Campus site for all Key Worker families, EHCP children and those classified as vulnerable from the 1st June 2020. We thank all those Town Hall parents who have made the journey from the Chalvey/Central Slough area to send their children to Britwell Campus.

Those Town Hall Campus parents who wish to send their children (either Key Worker, Vulnerable or EHCP) to the Town Hall site should email the school enquiries@claycots.com stating which days they would like their children to attend for the week beginning the 1st -5th June. Alternatively, they should complete a registration form next week if their child is attending the Britwell Campus. Next week (18th May-22nd May) will be the last week at the Britwell Campus for all Town Hall keyworker and vulnerable children.

Please note that from Monday any parents can contact the Town Hall campus on 01753 531415.

Those Britwell Campus parents who wish to send their children (either Key Worker, Vulnerable or EHCP) should email the school enquiries@claycots.com stating which days they would like their children to attend the Britwell for the week beginning the 1st -5th June. Alternatively, they should complete a registration form next week if their child is attending the Britwell Campus.

The school would also like to thank those parents who responded to our phone calls regarding whether they would like their child or children to return from the 1st June 2020.

This information was extremely useful in helping us understand whether the school can open or not based on the predicted numbers expected and the potential measures that the school would need to take.

Next Wednesday evening, I will be meeting with Governors to discuss the plans for rest of the Summer Term and I hope to be able to give more information on Thursday 21st May at approximately 9.00am.

I understand how difficult this must be for parents with so much uncertainty around when your child will return, but I want all the facts and I want to explore the options before making the right decision for our loved ones and our community. These are difficult decisions and I hope parents will understand the seriousness and importance of the situation if we do not get this right.

To prepare for any changes to the school environment and working practices including conducting a thorough deep clean on both sites, the school will be CLOSED from May 27th – May 31st for May Half-term holiday.

Contact with families and children

Next week, the class teachers will continue to phone you and your child so that we can check in to hear how your child is doing, and hopefully provide a further link with the school.  The phone calls will take place on either Thursday 21st May or Friday 22nd May.

Study packs will be updated at the end of today and we will provide all children with another study pack on Monday 1st June. There will be no study packs over half term holiday.

Twitter updates can be found at @ClaycotsSchool and general email enquiries should be sent to: enquiries@claycots.com

Free School Meal Vouchers – Edenred Vouchers

All families who are entitled to Free School Meal Edenred vouchers will receive their voucher this week or next week. The £30 voucher for every FSM child covers the weeks beginning the 11th and 18th May 2020. The school will begin to process these vouchers today. Please be patient and remember to check your junk email box for the 16-digit code email from Edenred. The school will update parents when we have further guidance from the DfE.

Wishing all of our members of the Claycots Community the very best at this difficult time.

 

Best wishes and take care,

Andrew Griffin

Executive Headteacher