Update from Miss P on 17th May 2020

Please find an update and request for information from Miss Plunkett, this is for RT, Year 1 and Year 6 parents only at this stage.

Good morning everybody!

I hope this finds you all well. I apologise that I was a bit quiet last week - you will possibly know why! I had my plans ready to share with everyone by Thursday but then there was new guidance issued late on Thursday night which threw everything in to disarray. I'm hoping to get our plans together by Wednesday this week, but I need your help. I realise that nothing is definite but I feel that we need to have the plans outlined so that we are able to implement should the conditions be met by June 1st.

As you know the years prioritised by the Government are Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, in that order. We have put together a chart which sets out the different actions we need to take to ensure advice and guidance is followed. Please see attached.

You will see from this that the environment which the children are coming back to will be very different, and it gives you an idea how things will change. It will be updated as we receive more guidance and work through our risk assessment.

There are 2 things I need your help with please...

  1. If you are a Key Worker and you cannot work from home, and you wish to take up the offer of a school place from June 1st, can you let me know by the end of school on Tuesday 19th May (We will contact parents of children with EHCPs/ Social Workers separately)
  2. Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 parents - please can you email me with a yes/no for your child returning on June 1st, IF the conditions have been met. There is absolutely no pressure either way. If you have any questions, please can you also let me know these. If possible could you let me know this tomorrow.

At this stage it is likely that we will be doing a rota so children come in, in their Bubbles, a day at a time. Depending on the number we have in the Key Workers Bubble, this may be alternate days or every other day. It is unlikely that we will be able to have siblings in of the prioritised year groups, unless they are Key Workers.

Finally... there has been an awful lot of scurrilous and misrepresentative media coverage of Education staff this last week. I would just like to say a public thank you to all of my staff for going above and beyond their 'duty' throughout this whole situation. They have all played their part, even though it has necessitated new and unusual ways of working, whilst dealing with their own life and worries. I have said it before, but it needs repeating, I consider myself extremely fortunate to be working with such a fabulous team.

Thank you, too, for all of your continued support. Hopefully we shall all meet again, soon!!

Stay safe,

Miss Plunkett

headteacher@priory.essex.sch.uk