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COVID-19 Update

Dear Parent / Carers As I am sure you are aware the government has asked schools to prepare for a possible reopening of schools on the 1st of June for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes. This reopening is dependent on the science at the time demonstrating that it is safe to do so. It does mean that school will be different to how it normally is although we will obviously do our best to keep the routines and lessons as normal as possible for the children. As class sizes are restricted to a maximum of 15 children it is not possible for all children to be taught by their class teacher. Where a class is being split into two groups of 15 one group will be taught by their class teacher and the other group will be taught by another teacher or teaching assistant from within the school. If your child’s class teacher is absent then their class will be taught by another teacher from within the school. I know that many parents will have anxieties about sending their children back into school and for some of you it may not be an option if a family member suffers from a pre-existing medical condition. What I am able to say is that the government have said that parents will not be penalised if they choose to keep educating their children at home. However, I am sure that many of you will be grateful for the opportunity to send your children in to school and would like to reassure you that we will be doing everything possible to keep everyone safe. Some of the measures we will have in place include: • Staggered drop off and pick up times. • Children will be kept in classes of no more than 15 children and will not mix with children from other classes. • Children in years 1 and 6 will be given some of their own resources so they do not share pencils, rulers etc. • The number of adults working with a class during a week will be kept to a minimum. • Classes will be redesigned so there is maximum space for the children removing all unnecessary desks and chairs. • Regular handwashing will take place throughout the day. • Regular cleaning will take place throughout the day. I know you will want more details and I can assure you that these will be provided once we have a full plan in place. However, in order for me to put a plan together I need to know how many children will be returning to school during the first week of school reopening. Once we have reopened we will only readmit new children once a week each Monday. This will enable me to fully plan for any increase in numbers whilst ensuring that we continue to follow the government guidance.

Once I know exactly how many children will be returning and I have a plan for how the school day will work I will email parents all the details including all of the health and safety measures which we are putting in place. Please can you email the school office on admin@donnington.brent.sch.uk or call on 020 8451 0761 with the following details. • Your Childs Name • Your child’s year group, class and teacher and either one of the following statements: I would like my child to return to school when school reopens and understand that the timings of the school day will be different. OR I do not want my child to return to school when school reopens and would rather wait to see how the situation develops. Please respond by Friday 15th May 2020. Yours Sincerely, Ms Harrison Headteacher

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