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Phased Return to School Survey

                                                                                                                      15 May 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,


Firstly, thank you from myself and all the staff at Arundale for your support during these exceptional times.  I know you have all been doing the very best for your children and I hope that you and your families have been able to stay safe and healthy.

I am writing to you following the recent announcement from the Prime Minister regarding the pupils phased return to school.


Of course we are very keen to get all of the children back to school as soon as possible. However, we need to do everything we can to ensure that this is done in a way that is most effective in minimising risk and ensuring the safety of our pupils and staff.


From the 8th of June, we are looking at the phased return of pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. 


We are putting plans in place to determine how this can be done. However, the pace of this will be determined by Government advice and our ability as a school to manage whilst keeping the risk low to all.


We must take into account the fact that whilst the risk to young children themselves is low, the risk of children spreading the virus isn’t and we need to bear this in mind throughout the planning process.


As soon as we feel that we have an effective and manageable plan in place, we will look at introducing the first phase. This would begin following the half term holidays on Monday 8th June 2020 at the earliest.


Please note - going forward we will still continue to be open to children of ‘critical’ workers and our most vulnerable children irrespective of their year group.

To help us make the most effective plan possible we ask if you would please complete a short survey (the link of which can be found at the end of this letter). This will help us to understand the thoughts and feelings of Parents / Carers regarding sending their children into school and will give us a better understanding of the number of pupils we can expect and plan for.


The Government’s current position is that Parents/Carers will not be fined if children do not attend.






The information set out in the document relating to attendance is as follows:-


  • No one with symptoms should attend a setting for any reason.
  • Eligible children – including priority groups - are strongly encouraged to attend their education setting, unless they are self-isolating or they are clinically vulnerable (in which case they should follow medical advice).
  • If someone in their household is extremely clinically vulnerable, they should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to, and the child is able to understand and follow those instructions.
  • Families should notify school as normal if their child is unable to attend so that staff can explore the reason with them and address barriers together.
  • Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels.
  • Schools should continue to inform social workers where children with a social worker do not attend.


Please be assured that we do recognise and understand all of the concerns you may have and will understand if you choose to keep your child at home. We can reassure you that we will not be issuing fines for parents who choose to do this during this time.


We hope that you will take part and complete the survey as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 20th May 2020 to help us move towards the best possible outcome for all.

Please follow this link


Thank you for your continued support throughout these difficult times, we will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available.

Kind Regards



Peter Hartley

Head of School