I hope you and your family are well. I am writing with some additional information following my letter of 21.5.20 including what the wider return to school will look like. As stated in my previous letter on 8th June those children of key workers who have been attending school will continue to attend. Any wider opening will only be at first for the Year 1 group. This will be on Weds 10th June at the earliest to support preparation, relevant staff training and time to communicate information to you. This is subject to any further announcements by the government and us being in a position to open safely to that year group on that date. We are working tirelessly towards that goal. Any potential adding of year groups will be done in a phased manner, looking at reception and then finally year 6.
If you as parents decide not to send your child back to school, when a place is offered, then parents and carers will not be subject to a penalty notice for non-attendance, until further notice. I do appreciate that families have some very difficult decisions to make regarding both their children’s education and the safety of their children and their wider family and their work commitments. It is a complex and exceedingly difficult choice.
For our year 1 parents initially there is a link to a survey monkey where you will be asked if your child will be returning to school on 10th June. You will be asked for the name of your child and a yes/no question, if they will be returning. I ask that you complete this survey by 9am on Thursday 28th May so that we can make plans accordingly. You still need to fill this in even if you completed the previous anonymous survey.
The link to this survey monkey is for year 1 parents only:
Click on the image below to watch the 'How To Wash Your Hands Song' from the NHS. We have be practising this in school.
School Closure Update
Those who qualify for means tested Free School Meals, will be receiving an email with a voucher that can be used in a number of supermarkets. This is the national scheme that school is using (this is instead of grab bags/food boxes). The company providing these is called edenred. We hope that this national system of vouchers will be of direct practical support.
Although St Paul’s will be in the same position as all schools are: of being temporarily closed as educational settings during the outbreak of COVID-19, we will be contacting, via email, those who were previously allocated places, as we are aiming to provide a service back at St Paul’s from Monday April 20th. This is in the context of Government advice that the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, will protect the NHS and save lives by reducing the risks of spreading the virus. Children must only attend school for child-care if a place has been offered.
Thank you, St Paul’s School