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Dear Parents/Carers,  

Plans for opening to children in Year 6
We wrote to parents / carers of children in Year 6 last week about the government’s plan to open schools to pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1st June at the earliest, subject to COVID-19 infection rates being low enough across the country.
We understand that whilst some of you welcome this news, others are anxious about the prospect of your children coming back to school. Everything we have planned is underpinned by government guidance, some of which was only published last Friday and updated as late as today.
In this letter, we want to outline our plans for opening Orchard to Year 6 pupils from Tuesday 2nd June, if the government says it is safe to do so. Our hope is that by giving you as much information as possible about how we think we can begin to welcome more pupils back to school, you can be reassured that we are taking all the steps we can to keep everyone as safe as possible. If there is anything you want to discuss after reading the information, please contact school and we will endeavour to speak to you as soon as possible.
We would like to say a big thank you to the 50 parents of Year 6 pupils who responded to our survey about returning to school. We said in our letter that knowing how many children we might expect if we open would really help our planning. Unfortunately, only 56% of Year 6 parents responded, which does mean some of our planning is provisional.
We understand there is a lot of information in this letter. This is because it is important for you and your child to get a feel for what school will be like upon wider opening, if the government allows on 2nd June. We would encourage you to talk to your child about the information in this letter. Time permitting, Mr. Brown will look to record a series of short videos next week to cover some of the information above in a way that might be easier to understand for the children.
Thank you for your continued support and our very best wishes go to you all.

Mr. C. Brown 

Headteacher 

Orchard Academy 

Downloads

Page Downloads Date  
Newsletter 1 Summer Term 2020 22nd Apr 2020 Download
Letter to Parents Plans for Wider Opening 21st May 2020 Download
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