Update 6 - 11th May
I’m sure many of you will have watched the Prime Minister’s address to the nation yesterday.
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.
Many parents have told us that they do not feel confident that it would be safe to open schools in the coming weeks and I strongly suspect that last night’s announcement will have done little to allay those concerns. I want to be very clear, as a staff, all we want is to get more pupils back into school as soon as it is safe to do so. We are dedicated to your children and we do not want to see classrooms empty for a day longer than they need to be. However, the first priority has to be the safety of everyone in the school community.
At the moment this will be very raw for all of us and I know we may have strong emotional reactions to what we have just heard.
In the coming days I will be working with the WPPA leadership team, governors and other Sussex Learning Trust stakeholders to:
- gain a better understanding of the details of the government’s plan
- undertake appropriate risk assessments as more detail comes from the DfE
It is inevitable that you will have a range of questions. At this stage, our advice is simple: like you, we have only just seen the announcement and at this stage do not have the answers to your questions. We are waiting to receive more information from government about what this means for our school. In the short-term, nothing has changed and we hope now to have some time to think carefully about our response and next steps.
We will provide further information in the coming days and weeks once we are able to do so. I hope to be able to share more information during my parent update at the end of this week.