Letter About The Return To School In The New Academic Year
Firstly, simply thank you. The last few months have been unbelievably tough – there have been endless difficult decisions which needed to be made rapidly – far from getting a sense of moving forward, it has usually felt like trying to lose less. Through all of it, your very positive feedback and belief in what we do, has kept us going and I am grateful.
So, to September. The DFE announced its ambition for all schools to reopen for all students, full time, from September and this is our ambition too. I have learnt during the last few months that it is wrong to make promises too early: the lockdown in Leicester last week tells us that.
I am aware that a lot of schools locally and nationally are building in time for a staggered start and building in additional preparation days. However, I can tell you that we are making plans to welcome back all of our students on Wednesday 26th August as originally planned. We will do everything in our power to make this happen and are working resolutely to this end. However, if there is a rise in infections locally, matters may be taken out of our hands. At this point, on the 7th July, it is simply impossible to predict.
I know no one likes uncertainty about something so important – so keep a close watch on social media, our Facebook page and website and we will keep you fully informed as the start date approaches.
We are preparing our sites for a safe return by amending risk assessments; rearranging classrooms; creating pupil group bubbles to reduce infection risks; increasing the number of sanitising stations; amending lunchtime and break time arrangements, alongside lots of other things.
We are also preparing lessons to ensure they will support our pupils to make a rapid recovery in their learning.
So, what do we need from you? Most importantly, we need you to trust us with your children. We can’t wait to welcome them back on Wednesday 26th August. Please send them to school!
In the meantime, thank you again for your loyalty and support during a very challenging few months. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s school if you need any support or have any questions about the Autumn.
CEO of the Mowbray Education Trust