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I hope that you are all well and keeping safe.
I am sure that after the Prime Minister’s statement last night, you have many questions. I also have lots of questions that need clarification too! On Wednesday I am having a virtual meeting with other Head Teachers and the Director of education so I am hoping to have more clarity then.
At the moment, for us in school, there is no change to the guidance: we will continue to provide care for those pupils of key worker children who are critical to the COVID-19 response and only those who cannot be safely cared for at home. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.
We have not yet received any information to support us with this new plan to start the phased reopening of some year groups in school. We expect we will receive this information from the DFE shortly, hopefully with some clarification! As soon as we do, we will of course update you then.
As you will no doubt appreciate, we will need clear guidance from the government to plan how it is possible to social distance in schools and keep our children, teachers and families’ safe and this will be our main priority; how we might start to phase groups of children returning and what this will look like.
Please be reassured that when Redbridge re-opens we will have done everything in our power to ensure that the necessary plans are in place to keep our children and staff as safe as possible and to continue to do so.
As always, we will keep you fully informed but for now, please try not to worry. Our plan is to continue to provide learning activities for home, to maintain contact with you, our families, and to support each other in these very difficult and uncertain times.
Please also note that when your teachers are in contact this week, they will have no further information on the future re-opening of school, so please refrain from asking questions regarding this matter. If you have any worries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I sincerely hope that you and your families are keeping well and staying safe.