30 June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you and your families continue to stay well.
It is so lovely having more and more children in school. It is great hearing their voices around the building and in the school grounds. I only wish we had the capacity to enable more children to return.
However after hearing the news this morning about the city of Leicester going back into lockdown after a huge rise in coronavirus cases, I wanted to make a plea to you.
We are desperately keen to keep the school open for children until the end of term. It is particularly important that we are able to say a proper goodbye to our year six children. However for this to happen we all have to make sure we strictly follow the government’s guidelines around hygiene and social distancing. I know that with many of the Covid restrictions being relaxed this weekend there are going to be greater opportunities to socialise and mix with more people. However we all need to be cautious as the last thing we want is the infection to be brought into school thus forcing us to close.
You have all been brilliantly supportive throughout these past very challenging few months.
Can I please ask that you continue to work with us so that we can successfully remain open until the end of term.
Sent via email 22.06.2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you and your families are all keeping well and beginning to start to enjoy the easing in lockdown. We have welcomed more children into school today in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. I am really sorry that we have not been able to invite children into the other year groups but unfortunately, by following the government’s guidance around social distancing, we do not have the staffing capacity or enough classrooms to accommodate anymore children.
Can I remind parents whose children are now coming into school that we have the same expectations re attendance. Children should only be absent from school if they are unwell. We are expecting really hot weather over the next few days so could you ensure that you apply sunscreen to your child and they bring a hat and water bottle to school.
Please note that school will close for the end of term on Friday 17 July and will open again on Thursday 3 September. The school will not be open during the summer holidays.
You no doubt will have heard the news that the government would like all children to return to school at the beginning of the Autumn Term. This is something we all sincerely hope will happen. I would like to reassure you that we are working extremely hard in preparation for September, despite the lack of guidance from the Government. Without this guidance we are planning and preparing for those things we know we can put in place. Once we have heard from the DfE we can adapt our planning accordingly. We will ensure that you have as much information as possible so that you can prepare your children for their return to school.
Unfortunately we will, in all likelihood, still be social distancing in September so will not be able to run Breakfast Club or After School Clubs. At the current time we do not know if Simply Out of School will be offering their after school provision in September. As soon as I hear anything I will let you know.
I understand that it is really tough continuing to juggle home learning with your children as well as all your other commitments. However, as I am sure you do, we want your children to be in a good position to return to learning when we get back. So please, as a minimum, can I encourage you to continue reading daily, practising those times-tables and taking some physical exercise. I know that many of you have been doing some other amazing activities with the children during lockdown and this will have equipped them with excellent skills which they can share with us when they return to school.
Please make sure that you open any emails that we send from school as a lot of information will be coming to you over the next few weeks. Several parents have been missing important deadlines as they have not been reading their emails.
Finally I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Rookley has given birth to a healthy little boy Oliver Antoine. We are looking forward to celebrating with Mrs Rookley when we all return to school next term.
Sent via email 08.06.2020
Sent via email 02.06.2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you and your families are all well and starting to enjoy the relaxed lockdown restrictions.
As you know school has opened today for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who completed our relevant form. It is so lovely to hear the sounds of so many children’s voices here again. Can I please thank the parents who brought their children to school today for following our guidance. It was very much appreciated by us all at school.
The support for children whose parents are key workers is continuing as normal.
Hopefully the situation in the country will improve soon so that we can see more children in school.
As I have promised throughout this crisis, I aim to update you as soon as I receive information about changes that we need to implement in school. I expect that over the next few weeks there will be a lot of information coming your way. Can I please ask that you read all the communications that we send from school whether it is an email or a text message. If you have a problem opening any emails please contact the school office so we can help you. You can also find all letters sent out to parents on the Haydon Abbey website.
For those of you whose children are still at home can I reassure you that staff will continue to provide activities and resources for them. Teachers who are working in school will be providing some of the resources that they are using with the children in school.
Now that we have more children in school, and so less empty space, we have made the decision not to produce any more team videos. It was quite stressful to come up with original ideas each week but the videos were such good fun to make.
Could I please ask that you continue to inform the school if your child, or a member of your household, is tested positive for Covid 19. Could you also let us know if you have a child, or a member of your household, has been asked to shield by your GP.
Hope you all have a good week and keep safe.
Sent via email 13.05.2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I promised that I would update you when I had received further information about how schools may reopen in June.
The government suggested that Pre-School, Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 may be the first classes to open. In order to do this safely and maintain social distancing it may mean that not all children will be able to return at the same time and that when they do it will be on a flexible timetable. As you can imagine school will look and feel very different to the children. Of course we will do the best that we can to ensure that the children will continue to feel safe and happy when they are in school.
I am able to tell you at this time that due to staffing implications, we have no plans to reopen Pre-School and Nursery at the current time.
In order to maintain social distancing we will not be able to offer Breakfast Club or after school clubs when school reopens.
School will still be offering places for children whose both parents are key workers whatever year group their children are in.
I understand that this situation is still proving extremely challenging for you and your families. As soon as we have a definite plan about reopening that will meet as many children's needs as possible I will let you know.
Until then I appreciate your continued support,
Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School