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Year 5 Phased Return Plans

Dear Parent / Carer

Phased Return Arrangements for Children in Year 5

I am delighted to announce that Drapers Mills Primary Academy will be shortly be able to open for children in year 5.

 

In order to ensure the safety of your child and social distancing, we have decided to have a phased reopening, similar to that which Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 have experienced over the last few weeks.  This means that we have divided year 5 children into 4 groups – two group A classes and two group B classes. Your child will be allocated a place in either Group A or Group B and a 2 - week cycle will operate as follows, with Group B starting on Thursday 25th June.

 

Date

Group A

Group B

Thursday 25th June

Home Learning

In School

Friday 26th June

Home Learning

In School

 

Monday 29th June

Home Learning

In School

Tuesday 30th June

Home Learning

In School

Wednesday 1st July AM

Home Learning

In School

Wednesday 1st July PM

Home Learning

Home Learning

Thursday 2nd July

In School

Home Learning

Friday 3rd July

In School

Home Learning

 

Monday 6th July

In School

Home Learning

Tuesday 7th July

In School

Home Learning

Wednesday 8th July AM

In School

Home Learning

Wednesday 8th July PM

Home Learning

Home Learning

Thursday 9th July

Home Learning

In School

Friday 10th July

Home Learning

In School

 

Monday 13th July

Home Learning

In School

Tuesday 14th July

Home Learning

In School

Wednesday 15th July AM

Home Learning

In School

Wednesday 15th July PM

Home Learning

Home Learning

Thursday 16th July

In School

Home Learning

Friday 17th July

In School

Home Learning

 

Monday 20th July

In School

Home Learning

Tuesday 21st July

In School

Home Learning

Wednesday 22nd July AM

In School

Home Learning

 

Each group will work in a set classroom and will not move to other rooms at any time. This includes adults.

 

Please note that whilst we will ensure that your child will be in the same group as their siblings, unfortunately, as I am sure you can understand, we cannot make changes based on friendship groups or parental preference. You will be sent a text message on Monday (22nd June) to confirm which group your child is in, but if you are unclear or do not receive a message, please email or phone the office on (01843) 223989 or office@dmpa-tkat.org.

 

We are very conscious of the impact the current situation may have had on your child. The social isolation and anxiety related to COVID 19 is extremely significant and therefore we are ensuring that the staff team are equipped with supporting the children with their anxieties when they return.

 

On top of this, the school will be very different to the one they left in March. We have created a guide for parents that outlines our social distancing measures which can be found HERE. It explains that children will not be able to freely socialise or even communicate with their friends in another group; they will not be able to interact in the same way with staff and generally will need to act in a way that is strange to them.

 

Please therefore use the YEAR 5 CHILDREN'S GUIDE TO RETURNING TO SCHOOL document which can be found HERE, which explains to them what school will be like when they return. We would suggest that you go through a few things each day so as not to overwhelm them with all the changes.

 

I fully understand the anxiety that you may be feeling about sending your child back at this time. To support this, we are happy to receive phone calls on the first few days of returning if you want to check in regarding how your child is doing. In order to reduce presence on the premises during the school day when we return, we ask that any communication is done via phone call or admin email.

 

It goes without saying, if your child or anybody else in your family is showing symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, then they should not come into school and follow the government guidance and self isolate.

 

Thank you for your continued support, it is much appreciated.  I hope you understand that a great deal of effort has gone into planning for your child’s welcome return, but we always use the latest advice so things may need to change at short notice.

 

If you have any questions please contact the school via the email or phone number above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Joe Manclark

Headteacher

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