Watermill School, Turnhurst Road,

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6JZ

School Tel: (01782) 883737   INSPIRE Tel: (01782) 883777

Executive Headteacher: Mr J May

Update on Plans to return to School on June 1st

May 21th 2020 Watermill School - opening for some children June 1st 2020 Dear Parents and Carers, As you are aware the government has issued guidance to schools and asked them to open to larger numbers of pupils from the 1st of June subject to final confirmation. To enable us to open safely for more pupils (we have been continuously open for vulnerable children and children of key workers) we have been carrying out rigorous risk assessments and reviewing the guidance documents carefully. These documents can be found on the gov.uk website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings For Mainstream Schools, the government is asking schools to open for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. However, for Special Schools we have been asked to provide a phased return starting with the most vulnerable pupils. We have considered this request most carefully and weighed it against the guidance and our own risk assessments. With the additional actions we intend to take we believe that we can make our schools as safe as possible. However, as you will appreciate, despite all the measures we may put in place, the school environment cannot be entirely risk free. As parents you will have to decide if you can accept the risks at this time and return your children to school. We will do our very best to make this work and be safe for your children and our staff, but we are not able to guarantee complete safety. We have surveyed all parents where possible and find that the majority of parents wish to keep their child at home. This may be in the short term or until September. In all cases this is acceptable. You will not be encouraged to send your child in, or fined if you choose not to do so. We have therefore compiled a list of the pupils that wish to attend and we will start inviting those pupils back from June 1st in a phased way leading to all request for time back at school being met by the end of June. If you have said you wish your child to return we will be in touch with you shortly and arrange transport accordingly. As the weeks move through June we hope to invite all pupils back who wish to attend, however this progress to all requests being granted may have to be considered in light of the ongoing pandemic. Some pupils will be full time and some part time. If you change your mind either way please let us know via the Admin email address. Transport sometimes takes several days to organise, therefore please be prepared to wait a few days for your request to be actioned. It is really important that everybody understands that school will not look the way it normally does. There will be a significant change to the way children are organised and children will not necessarily be with the teacher or teaching assistant that they were with before schools closed to the majority of children. We will need to change the layout of classrooms and children may not be in the classroom they are used to and it will not be possible to allow free movement or play. This is due to the guidance that schools are expected to adhere to. Furthermore, the curriculum will be modified to meet the needs of the children, with an increased focus on personal, social and emotional well-being. Some points you might want to note if your child returns to school include: • School uniform is to be worn from June 1st. We expect pupils to change as soon as they return home and wear newly washed clothes daily. These measures will reduce cross contamination at home and school and it is essential that you assist us with this important request. This apples to staff also. • Pupils on free school meals will still have hampers delivered unless they are in school full time. Pupils who are in school part time should bring a packed lunch as this will have still been provided on the Monday Food Hamper Drop. • Pupils and Parents are expected to Socially Distance outside school as well as in school. This will follow government guidance and no doubt be relaxed in time. This will protect everyone. Until then pupils of families that are found not to be practicing social distancing will be returned home immediately for an extended period until these principles can be assured. This applies to staff also. • We will be working in class Bubbles. This means your child will only be in contact with their class and teaching staff for the day they are in school. This will reduce the likelihood of infection if anyone is carrying the virus. If symptoms are found in any of your child’s class bubble you will be phoned and have to make arrangements for self-isolation for the recommended period. We hope this letter sets out the approach adopted by Watermill School clearly. Your children’s safety and that of our staff are paramount. We thank you for your continued support throughout this difficult time. All the best at this difficult time. Mr May

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May 21th 2020 Watermill School - opening for some children June 1st 2020 Dear Parents and Carers, As you are aware the government has issued guidance to schools and asked them to open to larger numbers of pupils from the 1st of June subject to final confirmation. To enable us to open safely for more pupils (we have been continuously open for vulnerable children and children of key workers) we have been carrying out rigorous risk assessments and reviewing the guidance documents carefully. These documents can be found on the gov.uk website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings For Mainstream Schools, the government is asking schools to open for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. However, for Special Schools we have been asked to provide a phased return starting with the most vulnerable pupils. We have considered this request most carefully and weighed it against the guidance and our own risk assessments. With the additional actions we intend to take we believe that we can make our schools as safe as possible. However, as you will appreciate, despite all the measures we may put in place, the school environment cannot be entirely risk free. As parents you will have to decide if you can accept the risks at this time and return your children to school. We will do our very best to make this work and be safe for your children and our staff, but we are not able to guarantee complete safety. We have surveyed all parents where possible and find that the majority of parents wish to keep their child at home. This may be in the short term or until September. In all cases this is acceptable. You will not be encouraged to send your child in, or fined if you choose not to do so. We have therefore compiled a list of the pupils that wish to attend and we will start inviting those pupils back from June 1st in a phased way leading to all request for time back at school being met by the end of June. If you have said you wish your child to return we will be in touch with you shortly and arrange transport accordingly. As the weeks move through June we hope to invite all pupils back who wish to attend, however this progress to all requests being granted may have to be considered in light of the ongoing pandemic. Some pupils will be full time and some part time. If you change your mind either way please let us know via the Admin email address. Transport sometimes takes several days to organise, therefore please be prepared to wait a few days for your request to be actioned. It is really important that everybody understands that school will not look the way it normally does. There will be a significant change to the way children are organised and children will not necessarily be with the teacher or teaching assistant that they were with before schools closed to the majority of children. We will need to change the layout of classrooms and children may not be in the classroom they are used to and it will not be possible to allow free movement or play. This is due to the guidance that schools are expected to adhere to. Furthermore, the curriculum will be modified to meet the needs of the children, with an increased focus on personal, social and emotional well-being. Some points you might want to note if your child returns to school include: • School uniform is to be worn from June 1st. We expect pupils to change as soon as they return home and wear newly washed clothes daily. These measures will reduce cross contamination at home and school and it is essential that you assist us with this important request. This apples to staff also. • Pupils on free school meals will still have hampers delivered unless they are in school full time. Pupils who are in school part time should bring a packed lunch as this will have still been provided on the Monday Food Hamper Drop. • Pupils and Parents are expected to Socially Distance outside school as well as in school. This will follow government guidance and no doubt be relaxed in time. This will protect everyone. Until then pupils of families that are found not to be practicing social distancing will be returned home immediately for an extended period until these principles can be assured. This applies to staff also. • We will be working in class Bubbles. This means your child will only be in contact with their class and teaching staff for the day they are in school. This will reduce the likelihood of infection if anyone is carrying the virus. If symptoms are found in any of your child’s class bubble you will be phoned and have to make arrangements for self-isolation for the recommended period. We hope this letter sets out the approach adopted by Watermill School clearly. Your children’s safety and that of our staff are paramount. We thank you for your continued support throughout this difficult time. All the best at this difficult time. Mr May