30th June 2020
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RE: update for the whole school
It is hard to believe it is almost July and things continue to change and develop.
The virus is still a risk, still contagious and still life threatening. Despite social distancing remaining a requirement for all, many are not adhering to the government guidance and therefore there is still a significant risk of transmission. Indeed, hospitals, GPs, shops, etc. are maintaining very high levels of protective measures. We aim to protect our school community as best we can.
The government plan to reduce social distancing requirements from 2m to ‘1m plus’ on the 4th July 2020. Some have asked if this means we can increase the number of children we have in the building. At this time, we are not going to change our risk assessment and the safety measures we have in place so will not be increasing numbers. Currently, our pods are distanced to adhere to 2m rules, and we aim to sustain distancing throughout the day. The school is also full.
As asked to do in government guidance dated 15th of June, we have protected the integrity of the pods taking care to ensure children stay in their allocated groups. This has included continuity of staff as well as pupils and where a child has left a pod due to a variety of reasons, they have not been replaced because of the integrity of the pod. We will continue to take this approach until the end of term and will therefore not be adding any more children into the current pods. We are using all the classrooms in the building and therefore cannot open new pods to allow any further children into the building as we don’t have the space. We have checked our safety precautions with Sutton’s health and safety consultant who has agreed our risk assessment, as have our governors.
During the week of 6th of July, we will be inviting children to an outdoor meeting with their new class teacher and will send the detail of this in another letter as soon as we have finalised the timetable.
We aim to send reports in the post on Friday 3rd of July, so that everyone has a hard copy, and will also notify children of new teachers on Friday 3rd of July via email. In the final week of term, when year 6 have gone, we are facilitating familiarisation meetings for those in Year 2 who would normally have extra visits to our school as part of their transition.
When we return in September all classrooms will become new ‘pods’ or ‘bubbles’ and we will again adhere to whatever the latest government guidance is, which we hope to receive in the next week and will update you as soon as we can.
Inset dates for 20-21
NB These differ slightly from Beddington Infants this year. BIS are part of a Trust and wanted to have an inset day in May.
Wednesday 2/9/20; Friday 23/10/20; Monday 4/1/21 and Thursday and Friday 22/23rd July 2021.
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