I hope you and all your families are well and are managing to cope in such strange times.
I just wanted to update you all following on from my previous letters and communication. As a result of government guidance, and having undertaken an audit of children eligible to return, final numbers have been identified. Those families will have now received a letter detailing how the return will be managed in regards to staggered start/finish times, social distancing measures and how the “bubble” system will work across the school.
Today it has also been revealed that Primary Schools won`t be opening up to children from the other year groups for the remainder of this term. This is obviously disappointing for everyone concerned, but most importantly for all the children. A return to normality is what we all want to see, the children make the school, however this isn`t possible at this moment in time.
As you know the teachers have been regularly updating their class pages, adding additional activities and links to websites in order to aid your child’s home learning. To support this, home learning packs have been produced for each year group and these are being regularly updated. If you would like a pack for your child then please contact the school office and they will arrange a time for you to come and collect one. If you would like to speak to the class teacher please also contact the office and we will arrange for them to ring you at an appropriate time.
The teachers are currently writing their end of year reports which will be sent home mid-July. Due to the length of the school closure the format of the reports has been changed slightly as not all aspects of the national curriculum will have been covered. However it’s important that the hard work and dedication of all our children is recognised and celebrated.
The impact of the current situation and the disruption it causes means a number of traditional activities which take place during this term can`t. For example, our welcome meeting for the new Reception parents is unable to take place. However in order to support the children’s transition, the Early Years Team have prepared welcome packs which are at the office for parents to collect while a follow up phone call will take place in order to answer any questions you may have.
Our Year 6 Leavers party and assembly are other events which won`t be able to take place. This is extremely sad as these memorable occasions allow us to celebrate the children’s time here at St William of York and wish them well in the future. However it is our intention that, once everything is back to some sort of normal, we would invite back all our year 6 children in the autumn term for a Leavers Party.
I will continue to provide updates as and when we have the information, however in the meantime stay safe and hopefully we can all be back together soon.