School will certainly feel and look quite different from the ‘norm’ for a while which many of the younger children will find strange and challenging, so please talk to them once you have more details and prepare them as best you can.

I would also like to make you aware that the government have recognised that,

“Early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff” (Coronavirus:implementing protective measures in education settings).

I would like to make it quite clear that, whilst regular reminders, posters and strategies will be used to implement social distancing, most children will naturally not do this. To help mitigate the risks this may pose,   groups will be small (no more than 15) and we will be minimising contact and mixing between groups, keeping them confined to their own areas. Also we will be putting in lots of measures to promote good hygiene.

I feel that there have been quite a few stories in the media around social distancing in schools that could be quite misleading and give the impression that children will all be kept 2 meters apart, so I just wanted to make you all aware that this will not always be the case.

For further guidance and information please look at the government document:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

Also remember the frequently asked questions being collated on the Penk Valley Website:

The Safe Reopening of our Schools – FAQs

I will be sending out more details next week.  Thank you for your patience.