Letter from the Headteacher on 25th June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I wanted to let you know how things are going here at school with the students who have already come back and to give you an update of where we are at this point.
We are delighted by how smoothly the first sessions have run for our two cohorts and staff groups. We are being very strict with our ‘bubbles’ to ensure that our model is as safe as possible. I am very grateful to Havering Council and Transport department who have worked out a system where for those students who require buses to travel with other students in the same class.
We have had a few more parents getting in touch to request places and we are risk assessing how to increase our offer whilst keeping 'bubbles' tight. We will come back to you individually as soon as possible to discuss arrangements.
We are also continuing our contact, support and resources for students and families for those who still feel it’s safer at home and I hope you find our outreach systems as comprehensive as we’ve always tried to make them.
We are working very closely with the Children and Adults with Disabilities Support Team (CAD) to try to support you if additional support is needed at this time and will continue this conversation with you and the team as we get closer to the summer break.
Because the current situation is so unstable, in terms of being able to plan ahead, we will be keeping up with advice from the scientists at any point of time. If we are lucky enough for COVID-19 to become a steadily decreasing risk over the coming weeks, we may be in a position to start confirming classes in a more ‘normal’ model. At this point however, it is safer for us to focus our planning on how we expand our ‘bubble’ model to provide an offer for all of our students.
I will keep you up to date throughout the summer regarding the appropriate organisational model for September, in line with safety guidance as we get nearer to the time. We will make sure you receive the information with resources and visuals in advance to prepare your child or young adult for what may still not be the ‘usual’ model.
We will be sending out a different style of Parent and Carer survey out this term due to the current situation. We would be really grateful for your responses and especially your views on what has been most useful so that our offer to you is the best we can make it over the coming weeks.
Thank you all for your continued support when working with us and your young people. We really appreciate your communication and openness in partnership working.
With kind regards,