Update from Mr. Lee
I hope that you have all seen the message from staff which has been sent to you on Class Dojo. I would like to thank Mr. Kitchener and Miss Pancholi for putting the whole thing together and for bringing a
little lump to my throat while watching it. We are all missing the children, from their excited reports
about home life, to the daft things which they get up to in the playground. I for one am looking
forward to the time when we can all get back into our usual routines.
You will have read a great deal recently about potential dates for a return to school. Some articles
have cited September while others have hoped for a return date of 1stJune. At present no indication
has been made to head teachers or the Local Authority about an anticipated reopening of schools. It
may also be worthwhile pointing out that parents, and indeed the rest of the nation, receive the same
information as schools – that which comes from Government’s daily briefings. It is therefore highly
likely that we will all be made aware at the same time when school doors will reopen.
I have received an increasing number of calls and emails this week from parents regarding the possibility of sending their child(ren) into school. I very much sympathise with the stresses and strains
of keeping the children engaged with their learning, while also trying to source activities which will
keep them active and entertained in the afternoons. I also realise that many of you are trying to do
this while fulfilling your work responsibilities. Schools must, however, continue to follow the same
instruction for children’s attendance which was communicated to us when we closed. Only those
children of Key Workers or those with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) are entitled to a school
place. For children of Key Workers, if there is another adult at home who can supervise the children,
then the expectation is for the children to stay at home.
If you find that your situation has changed or that your professional role now comes under Key Worker
status, and you have no alternative childcare, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am sure that everyone is ‘doing their bit’ to try and prevent the spread of the Corona virus and I have
no doubt that following government guidelines will enable us to get back to school as soon as possible.
In the meantime, I would ask that the children continue to work hard, play hard and keep doing their
best while they are away from Glebelands.
I hope you all get the opportunity to enjoy the good weather this weekend.