Parents Letter – Thursday 21st May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I had hoped to be writing to you this evening to inform you that Governors had agreed plans for the phased return of more pupils following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 8thMay. Unfortunately, late last night we received notice from the Local Authority (LA)that they wish to ‘quality assure’all risk assessments for all schools across the borough.We had already informed them of our plans and whilstwe appreciate this additional level of support,obviously this new arrangement will take additional time.

It is therefore with regret that I inform parents that the earliest any children may return will be Monday,8thJune.At this stage we will be planning for year 6 only and then year 1 the following week. Obviously,the delay in our timeline does not factor in any changes in government advice that may occur so I am afraid these are not concrete plans.

I share your frustration and anxiety around the current situation and can only emphasise and apologise that these things are beyond the control of the staff and Governors at Stansfield Hall.

When we are allowed and the time is right, we will return to school in as safe a way as possible. Our current plans include keeping the children in small groups of no more than 10 in a room known as bubbles with split playtimes and lunchtimes etc. Once we have our arrangements approved by the LA, I will share these with you. In the meantime, we plan to open over what would have been the half-term holiday, for vulnerable and key worker children on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only.

If we are able to reopen to more children before summer, we will NOT be asking children to wear school uniforms and there will be other significant changes in drop-off and collection times for the different year groups that we will insist parents stick to. We will have different times for parents with children in different eligible year groups.

At this stage we will not be able to answer individual questions but if you wish to email your questions to earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk and we will use them to produce a “Frequently Asked Questions” guide when we publish our full plan.

In the meantime; please keep safe, keep in touch, and if you think we can help in any way, email, or phone school.

Take care,

Mr R. Walthall

Headteacher

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