Coronavirus Update 11/5/20
I expect that many of you, like me, was been glued to the television last night awaiting the Prime Minister’s broadcast. As a Headteacher we watch these updates at the same time as you and have no information before the speech as to what may be said.
The information around people returning to work and the increase in daily exercise was announced.
You will have heard the Prime Minister indicating that the government believes it may be in a position to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1 June, starting with pupils in reception, year one and year six. This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review.
I have no more detail than you at present and expect more details to emerge over the next week.
I strongly suspect that tonight’s announcement will have raised some concerns for you and many questions. This is the same for us as staff at Pear Tree Mead.
Let’s be very clear, all of us want to get more pupils back into school as soon as it is safe to do so. As teachers, TAs and other school staff we have devoted our lives and careers to the care and education of young people – we do not want to see classrooms empty for a day longer than they need to be.
However, as any school leader will tell you, the first priority has to be the safety of everyone in our school community.
In the coming days we will be working tirelessly on behalf of the school.
Our priorities will be to:
- gain a better understanding of the details of the government’s plan
- seek a clearer picture of the scientific evidence the government has based this plan on
- hear how the government expects social distancing to work in schools and what provision is required.
- Consider only when I think it is safe to will I begin to plan how we can begin the phased return and what this will look like with regards to staffing, classroom layouts and what activities children will be taking part in.
In the meantime although some people have been encouraged to return to work I must stress that school remains only open for child care to those groups of key workers and vulnerable children previously identified. I have put this question forward for the Q&A with the Prime Minister this afternoon to try and get any further information on this changing.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
I will update you further when I have spoken to my leadership team, staff, the LA and other parties and we have been given any further information that I can share with you.
I continue to urge you to stay safe and stay indoors as much as you possibly can. Together we can make a real difference.