School Closure - Update Number 18

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that this update finds you and your families healthy and enjoying the opportunities that spending time together brings (if at times a noisy household…)

For many of us, we have never before experienced the difficulties that a widespread crisis would bring, including the loss and ill health for ourselves and loved ones.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all you who have been so supportive, not only to school but also to our local community through a variety of ways, including following the key message of Stay Safe, Stay Home.  

Whilst technology has been supporting us remotely to connect with others, I am sure that we are all looking forward to returning to having fun and laughter with our extended family and friends; including returning to school and work.

I am sure by now you will have all seen the government update for the phased re-opening of schools from June 2020, should the Government identify it as safe to do so at that point.

Many of you will have questions about the safety of your children and of the staff and the arrangements we are putting in place for school to re-open. Please be patient while we complete our risk assessments and logistics based on the ever changing guidance.

Please be assured that the health and safety of our children and staff is paramount and will be at the forefront of all the decisions we make about phased re-opening. We are also mindful of the guidance from the Local Authority alongside the decisions being made centrally by the government.

Government have announced that there will be no fines for parents/carers who do not wish to return their children to school in the current situation. I will keep you updated with our preparations, so that you can make an informed decision for the best interest of your child/ren and family.

Following receipt of further guidance from government, I will write again with more details should the phased re-opening of school be confirmed. At present, our school remains closed except for key workers and those for who it would not be safer at home. We know that some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we are not in a position to extend places to other children until we receive further guidance.

The staff at Bannockburn thank you for your continuous support in helping your child/ren learn from home. Please continue to stay in touch and let us know if we can support you in any way.

Best wishes,

Mrs R Ford

Headteacher

Bannockburn Primary School