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Newsletter sent Monday 25th of May 2020
The Local Authorities Executive Director of Children’s Services, Karen Bradshaw and the Director of Public Health, Rachel Robinson have written a joint letter to all parents in Shropshire concerning the requested further opening of schools on June 1st.
Please click the link to access the letter:
The Mary Webb School currently has 3 x Level 2 Teaching Assistant vacancies for September
As you know, the government has set out an aspirational goal of beginning to return children to school from 1st June. We have been working really hard to read all the guidance (15 documents in one week!) and to work out a plan that is right for the children, staff and community of Pontesbury CE Primary School. This is not an easy task and there are no easy solutions to the puzzle we are presented with.
We want to reassure you that the staff and governors are liaising closely and regularly to try and find a safe way forward. We know this is a very anxious time for many people; any wider opening of school will be done with the greatest consideration for your child’s physical health and mental well-being.
We wanted to share our thoughts with you:
Thurs 21st & Fri 22nd – school will contact key worker parents and parents of vulnerable children (as defined by the DfE guidance) to find out who will be sending their child into school full-time from 1st June.
wb 25th May – confirmation of key worker children’s places will be sent to all parents who have indicated they wish their child to return on 1st June.
Thurs 28th May – government will announce whether or not their conditions for wider opening of schools have been met. If the conditions have not been met, Pontesbury Primary School will simply continue to provide the expanded key worker children with a place and will await further guidance from the government before considering the phased return of other year groups.
1st June – school will open to the wider key worker group
wb 1st June – governors and SLT will consider whether it is possible to invite Y6, YR and Y1 children in (if the latest government guidance indicates this is appropriate). Parents of children in these year groups will be contacted.
I will post more information explaining what operational and safety procedures will be in place for a 1st June return (for the wider key worker group) and these will be shared on the website in due course.
The plans we have outlined means we will be able to proceed as a school in a considered, managed and safe way as the term progresses. These plans are bespoke to Pontesbury Primary and every consideration has been given to requests from the Government to open for specific year groups. All Government guidelines, union advice and discussions from many hours of virtual meetings with all stakeholders and the Local Authority, have informed the decisions we are making.
Staff and Governors feel this is the right way forward for our school. We are though in uncharted waters with this situation. Whatever the Government decides on the 28th May about June 1st, please rest assured that ensuring the continuing safety of all staff and children will underpin every plan and decision we make.
The Local Authority will shortly be publishing a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for parents. Once these are available, I will post a link on our website. Please though do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any thoughts, concerns or questions relating to anything discussed in this post.
As headteacher, I have never before been tasked with such challenges as we face today. I would therefore like to finish this post with a massive thank you to all my staff who are working so very hard as we navigate our way through the challenges set before us. Their vast efforts throughout the whole of this crisis, especially striving to maintain the best home, school learning environment possible, is testament to their dedication for our wonderful school. I have no doubt that every member of staff desperately wants normality to return and to welcome back all our fantastic children back but, until that moment, I thank them for all they are doing and I thank you, our parents, for all your continued support and trust.
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