School announcement re: phased re-opening
I hope you are your family are in good health and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support and appreciation within the Seaburn Dene community during this difficult time.
As you will be aware, the Government has announced its intention to open schools more widely. Since lockdown began on 23rd March, our school has remained open for children who are vulnerable and for children whose parents are key workers.
We have been monitoring the situation very closely and over recent weeks, have been working in collaboration with Sunderland City Council and neighbouring schools to develop our approach to reopening our schools on a phased basis.
Today, the governors and myself have been agreed that the initial date of June 1st is too early and instead, have a set a date of June 8th, at the earliest for a gradual, phased re-opening to some year groups, on a part-time basis.
Today, I have written to those parents who indicated they would be willing to send their children back into school, as part of this initial phase: Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 (See school letters)
I have also written to those children who have attended during lockdown, as well as other key worker families.
We will review how our children are re-integrated and closely monitor local and national advice, before contacting the remaining year groups with a view to a possible return.
We know that is pandemic is causing children, especially those in Y6, to miss out on so much and we are as upset about this as you are, but keeping the children and our school family safe has to be the overriding priority at this time.