Letter to parents regarding the possible return to school for some pupils
You may be aware that the Government announced this week that some pupils in Reception, Years 1 and 6 in mainstream schools may return to school from the 1st June 2020.
As a Special School we are different, the Government has told us that some children can start to return to school from the 1st June 2020 but this will be based on each child’s needs and safety, not year groups.
“Special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools will work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus on specific year groups…
Special schools should work towards welcoming back as many children and young people as can be safely catered for in their setting. They may want to prioritise attendance based on key transitions and the impact on life chances and development, and to consider creating part-time attendance rotas so that as many children as possible can benefit from attending their setting. Special settings should work with local authorities and families to ensure that decisions about attendance are informed by existing risk assessments for their children and young people, which should be kept up to date.”
from DfE guidance: Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 : updated 12.5 2020
The Government has given school’s guidance on what they should do to make the school as safe as possible for pupils and staff to attend and the leadership team at Delius are working very hard to put this into place. It is very important that we only reopen school when everything is in place and it is safe to do so and only for the children who it will be safe for them to attend. As a Special School we have a lot to take into consideration as our pupils do not understand social distancing and require a lot of close contact to meet their everyday needs, therefore we do not anticipate school reopening to pupils on 1st June 2020, but will keep you informed of any decisions made.
We are looking forward to welcoming back our children; however, we also recognise that parents may be worried about this. It is your decision whether or not to send your child. There will be no penalising of children or families if you decide not to send your child/ren to school.
The leadership team will be contacting families shortly to find out who would like their child/ren to return to school, although we must tell you this may not be possible for everyone who wants this in the first instance, as we imagine numbers of children in school will need to be low.
If your child does return to school in June or July at the moment we cannot say what days and times they will attend but they may be different to when they used to come to school.
Currently, Delius is just open for children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils and will continue to be.
School will be closed for half term for all pupils from Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May 2020.
Thank you. We hope you’re all keeping safe and look forward to seeing you all back at school as soon as it is safe to do so, until then please continue to stay at home as much as possible.
Sally Joy Sally Birkbeck
Head teacher Acting Chair of Governors