Dear Parents & Carers
As we start back to school for the second half of the spring term through to Easter we have some challenges ahead to overcome together. We are back to our bubble 'normal' here in school and online for remote learning. We expect to find out later today the details of the next stage for schools as the lockdown hopefully is eased in the weeks ahead. All reports appear to suggest that the PM will announce this evening that schools in England will be able to reopen to all pupils on Monday 8th March. This is great news but it does present challenges for us all to overcome if we are to get all children safely back to school and learning effectively in two week's time. Below are some initial thoughts as we prepare to reopen our schools:

- Learning. Children will need to continue to engage fully and positively with remote learning for the next 10 days. These next 2 weeks are probably the most important of the academic year so far and will set the stage for success once we are able to reopen. Do not ease off, keep engagement levels high and promote positive behaviours for learning with your children.

- Routines. 'School' routines will need to be maintained (and for some reinstated) to ensure that children are ready for learning. This means appropriate routines at home for a 'school' day - getting up and ready at the time needed for when school reopens, engaging with learning, getting school kit prepared and ready, reducing screen time (I know this can be a challenge!) and proper bedtime routines. Getting all of these back to school term-time normal will mean that your child will have the best possible return to school and also reduce stress at home!

- Staff and pupil testing. This is an unknown at the moment but indications are that testing we will continue to be an important element of the easing of lockdown and the safe reopening of schools.

- COVID secure arrangements. Before we are able to welcome children back into school I will also be asking you all to discuss with your children how our schools will operate once we are fully open again (think September 2020 and all of the procedures we had in place for getting children in and out of school and for hygiene and social distancing during the school day). I will refresh this information for you all over the next two weeks as we receive clarification from the government and apply it to our schools.

- Following COVID rules for families and households. Opening schools fully again does present an increased risk of transmission of the virus, this places us all at increased levels of risk which we must all recognise. I expect our families to continue to follow COVID restrictions to reduce the risk of infection for us all.

I will update you all further once we know more of the details of the PMs announcement and receive the full guidance for schools.
Keep safe
Mr D-H

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