As we near the end of another week in which I am sure you will agree, we have received significant developments and information about the wider impact and plans relating to schools and Covid-19, I thought I would write to ensure you are as up to date with both the information and the response for both Boyton and Lewannick Schools.
Whilst there continues to be much speculation in the reporting and media, I will share the 'knowns' with you:
Both schools have successfully implemented the phased reopening plan for the children in Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 6. We have also remained open throughout the lockdown and continue to do so for children of Key Workers. At this point it is right to thank and pay tribute to the staff, families and especially the children of these year groups at both schools. I also wish to further re-iterate that this remains a parental choice regarding sending children in these year groups back and we continue to both support and respect parental choice in this.
Conversely, whilst I do believe that having Years 2 - 5 back at both schools would have been an incredible, possibly impossible challenge to facilitate, the news confirming that these year groups will not be back at school until September at the earliest has incredibly saddened me and the staff at both schools. Simply put, we are terribly missing the children at both schools.
I also know as a parent of a Year 5 child, it is also news that will cause anxiety and great concern for many of you. Without a shadow of a doubt, the majority of children are missing school and their friends as much as we are missing them.
To respond to this, we have immediately ensured that we have increased the number of online video face to face sessions on offer to the children. This is hugely important as this is their connection to school and often to their peers.
Also later today we will publish on the joint Facebook page, a questionnaire regarding home learning. We want your feedback to make sure we are constantly reviewing this to ensure we are doing everything we can to meet the needs of all the children, but especially those who do not have the option of coming into school currently. We are also looking at ways to extend these children's opportunities to engage with school - there is a lot of 'thinking outside of the box' happening!
Most importantly, more than ever, the children who cannot attend before September are at the absolute forefront of both mine and the staff at both school's minds. Whilst I know no more in terms of Government plans, what I can assure you is that for both school's we are working relentlessly to ensure that our children are supported, educated and cared for in the best way we can.
I will as always, be sharing developments, updates and initiatives moving forward with you.
Finally, I am sending a sincere thank you to you all - all the children, parents and carers and staff of our two school communities. I'm sure none of us could have predicted at the beginning of this pandemic, the impact it would have not just on our lives, but on the education of our children. Throughout this I have been determined to constantly look forward and see how we as a collective community can make this the best it can possibly be for the most important people in this - the children.
You have all been exceptional in your support of this and I really cannot thank you enough.
We will come out of the other side of this. We will have all our children back in both schools together. We will ensure we will work tirelessly to ensure this has no detrimental effect on them. This will pass.
Sincerely, thank you.