UPDATE 29.05.20 - LA SCHOOL RE-OPENING UPDATE
Nottingham City Council
Nottingham NG2 3NG
29 May 2020
Return of more children to schools, nurseries and early years settings
We are writing to you regarding the phased reopening of schools to pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in Nottingham schools from Monday 1 June.
The City Council has been working with schools to understand how we might gradually increase the number of children while keeping them as safe as possible.
We have previously said that there was no pressure from the council for head teachers to reopen until they felt they were ready to do. We also made it clear that we would not issue fines for parents who chose not to send their children back to school.
Earlier this week, our council decided that we had growing concerns that the right conditions for a phased return might not be in place by 1 June.
Today, we would like to make it clear, unequivocally, that we do NOT feel it is the right time to bring children back to schools and nurseries on Monday.
We are advising schools run by the council through the Nottingham Schools Trust that they should not reopen to wider numbers at this time.
This is not a reflection on our schools in Nottingham. They have done a tremendous job of working towards opening to more pupils while continuing to look after the children of critical workers and those pupils with additional needs and vulnerabilities. We would like to praise them for their efforts over the last 10 weeks of lockdown.
This is as much about the right conditions being in place – for example the effective introduction of the ‘Test and Trace’ system that would give additional reassurance on how best to manage the spread of the virus.
We know this is short notice, but we have been monitoring the situation and wanted to wait until we were certain that it was not too soon to bring more children back. We want our parents to be confident that all steps are being taken to minimise the risk to their children. We know that this is the number one priority for our parents, for our schools and nurseries, as well as for the City Council.
Councillor David Mellen Councillor Neghat Khan
Leader of the Council Portfolio Holder for Early Years,
Nottingham City Council Employment and Education
FRIDAY 22ND MAY 2020 - HEADTEACHER UPDATE
UPDATE: Friday 22nd May 2020
A message to our Dear Snape Wood Families:
We know you have seen in the news that schools may reopen from 1st June to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils if the government thinks it is safe at that time. We would like you to know that we want nothing more than to have all of our children back with us in school. However, the safety of our children, their families and our staff is our number one priority, so we have been working extremely hard to consider how we can do this appropriately. It is a very unsettling time for us all, but you can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.
The government’s proposals to re-open primary schools to more pupils from Monday 1st June is still conditional, and the reopening of schools will only happen if the five key tests set out by the government have been met.
We have read the government guidance on the re-opening of schools. I have read plenty more in addition to this so that we can do our very best to ensure our school is the best prepared it can be for re-opening in this situation.
Every school setting, staff and environment is unique and what we will aim to do at Snape Wood is a gradual and phased re-opening which builds staff, parent and pupil confidence as we go along. Our skeleton school provision will continue as usual till the end of term. You MUST be on the skeleton school register to access this provision.
Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the children and staff, and in order to re-open safely we will need to make significant changes to the school day and ‘normal’ routines.
We will NOT be opening on the 1st June 2020 for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. We are awaiting an announcement on Thursday, 28th May which will tell us whether the government still believes that it is safe for schools to re-open. If, after that, the government still wishes children to return to school, the school will need further time to prepare staff, buildings and resources to do this.
Each school is unique, and we are all planning slightly different approaches depending on what our risk assessments determine to be right for each setting.
We will only do what we feel is safe for us all, which means we may not be able to invite as many children into school as the government might want us to. Similarly, no family should feel pressurized to send their children to school; the choice lies with you and we will respect your choice completely.
We have been overwhelmed by the support you have given our schools during this time of crisis, and we are extremely grateful for this. We feel confident that when this situation is resolved, we will emerge even stronger and more ready to work with you all together.
Mrs Shewley Choudhury
MONDAY 11TH MAY – HEADTEACHER UPDATE
Good Evening Everyone - SWPS Family
Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast last night, I wanted to reassure you all, our amazing Snape Wood Community, that at the moment, for us a school, there is no change to the guidance. We will continue to provide care for those parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.
We have not yet received any information from the government to support us with this new plan of phased reopening of some year groups. When we do, as always, the approach will be well measured, strategic, carefully considered and communicated well in advance for you as parents to make an informed decision that we will respect as a school. When we do gradually reopen, our highest priority will be: pupil, parent and staff safety, and, pupil, parent and staff wellbeing. This has to and will always come first in any informed decision that we make as a school.
In the meantime, please continue to do what you have been doing at home. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping your children safe and educating them at home. Activities for the children are on the home learning page of the school website:
Please do keep sending in the work they have been doing or activities you have undertaken as a family! (The expectation is still to contact your child’s teacher via Class Dojo.) It would be fantastic to hear from you all and see the faces of your children who we miss so much!
I will be in touch again during the week, as more information is released to schools from the government.
Stay safe and well. Please give your children a great big hug from all of us here at SWPS and make sure that you take care of each other - and stay home. Remeber! Anyone can catch it and anyone can spread it! Together we can fight the battle against COVID-19.
I hope you all had a restful Easter break and welcome to our very first remote summer term! Please see the video made by staff for the children on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoAxj30wjGo
We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.
It’s definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it’s ok if you and your child feel wobbly and worried at the moment. We’re here for you every step of the way as we figure this all out together. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by emailing school on: email@example.com - you can also contact the class teacher via the Class Dojo. If you do not have access to Class Dojo, then please email school.
We miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. So, we’re carrying on with the advice of keeping safe, including remote working and provision for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers.
But just because we’re not all in the same building, doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun together! Your children will have lots of activities they can get stuck into over the summer term – so keep a close eye on school website and text messages from school. All learning is on the website on the Children menu (see links and tutorial at the end). Teachers have organized paper copies of home learning for summer 1. If you would like a paper copy, then please contact school via email, stating your child name and class. Once finished, learning can be accessed on the website.
We also love seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home – please keep sending their work in by: taking a picture and sending via email, following and uploading on twitter @snapewoodpri or uploading onto the class dojo.
We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected.
Let’s get cracking with our summer term!
Home Learning on the website:
School Website address:
Letters will be on the Noticeboard – Click on this
Home learning for the children is here: Children– click on this
Click on these to access learning.
COVID-19 UPDATE 18.03.20
To help us plan for Monday and beyond, we need to start compiling a list of those children who fall into the categories mentioned in the government's announcement earlier on. Once we get a sense of the numbers involved, we can then start to plan how we proceed with staffing levels etc. Tomorrow, the Cabinet Office is publishing a full list of key worker categories - but we don't know at what time and how much more detail that will have. So for now we can only work on what's been said; namely children of keyworkers such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work; vulnerable children (including those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans).
If you believe that your children will need to attend school because you fall into one of these categories, please email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to the School Business Manager (email@example.com) with the information below. It's imperative that this is done with full integrity and respect for the conditions set out; clearly if it's a two-parent/carer household with one parent a keyworker but the other not, then your child/ren can stay at home; also, whilst your child may have an EHCP, for example, you may feel that the best place for them at this time of anxiety is at home with you. Schools are being asked to remain open to cater for those with a genuine need, not just because it will be inconvenient to keep them at home. I can assure you that the staff and governors are committed to meeting our responsibilities and will endeavour to manage this situation in the best way to help see us through the current emergency.
Information to email me if applicable:
1. Your child or children's name/s and class/es.
2. The reason why you think they need to attend.
3. Would it be every day or just certain days (depending on your working pattern)?
4. What do you use for childcare (if so, is that before or after school/every day or certain days?)
5. Any other information that may be relevant.
Thanks and best wishes
What a fabulous term we are having. There are lots of events and activities planned in the lead up to the end of term. Keep an eye out for the newsletters and also check the calendar on the website.
It has been a hot week and the children have coped extremely well. Well done to all the children. Please ensure your children have hats, sun cream and a drinks bottle.