Coronavirus Update – Week 5

May 11

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you are all well and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and the nice weather that it brought.

I know that you will be following the government’s advice on how we can all play our part in beating the coronavirus, and I thank you for your unwavering support in doing so.

Thank you for doing your bit to keep us all safe by keeping your children at home wherever possible.

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that there will be some phased changes to the way our society deals with the ongoing threat of coronavirus. Of particular interest to us all were the plans for the reopening of schools, which were briefly mentioned last night. Slightly more detail of these plans was given today. We await more detailed guidance from the Department for Education on exactly what the medium and long term will look like but there are some things that we are absolutely clear about:

· Despite some relaxing of the lockdown, there is currently no change to our position. We remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of key workers for whom there is absolutely no alternative.

· We are beginning to prepare to reopen to Year 6 students from 1st June, three weeks from today. Whether we will actually be able to open from that day is still not certain, as there are many things we need to ensure are in place for the safety of the children, our staff and your families. When we reopen it will be because it is absolutely safe to do so, and not before.

· We are beginning to prepare for some Year 10 and Year 12 students to have contact with their teaching staff before the summer holidays.

· We will continue to provide remote learning, feedback and contact via the online platforms that I hope you all have become accustomed to.

I will keep you updated and as soon as we receive more information and detail from the government, I will contact you again.

Until then, please try not to worry too much. Once we have a clear understanding of what will happen and when, we will ensure that your children return to a safe, welcoming environment. We will help them adapt to a return to ‘normal life’ and do everything we can to support their return to school.

As ever, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support – it’s much appreciated by all the staff at JCSC.

Take care,

Neil Rodgers

Executive Headteacher