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15th June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well. We are now in the final half term of this academic year when we would usually be preparing for our end of year activities but are instead wondering how and when schools might fully open. As strange as it is to be in our current situation, please remember that our school community continues to thrive and school staff are still here to support you and your child through this tough time.
To adhere to government guidelines on reporting to parents, a shortened school report will be written for each child. The information will include end of year predictions, rather than assessments, informed by how your child was performing before the national lockdown in March. Reports will be emailed to you before the end of term. There will be an opportunity to discuss the report by phone or at the parents evening that we are planning for September.
Thank you very much for all support and hard work with the home learning. As you will have seen, we have now moved towards a topic themed approach so that if you have more than one child in school, they will all have similar activities. Our home learning staff are doing a fantastic job of setting and marking work as well as contacting families – your child is able to contact them through the class blog or 2email on purple mash.
Children Currently Attending School
We have remained open for the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children since lockdown and are grateful for the positive feedback that we have had on this provision.
Since the 1st June, we have welcomed back children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 and they have now settled in to their new routines.
With the new guidelines, staff rotas and routines, please be reminded that it may take up to 2 weeks from you contacting us for an eligible child to be able to return to school.
From time to time, we are being offered food parcels to distribute to families that may welcome them. Please let me know if it would be helpful to you to receive one.
Year 6 Hoodies
As staff and governors, we recognise how sad it is that Year 6 will be leaving us this year without their anticipated show, assembly or trip. We have therefore decided to order a leaver’s sweatshirt as a gift for each of them as a reminder of their time at St John’s. If you have a child in Year 6, please look out for the text and let the office know the size that you require.
We were due to have an INSET day on Monday 29th June but have decided to move this to Monday 20th July. This means that term ends for children at 1.30 pm on Friday 17th July.
Although we do not yet know what the government intends to do about social distancing and therefore the opening of schools in September, our planned term dates for September are:
Thursday 3rd September – INSET Day
Friday 4th September – INSET Day
Monday 7th September – First day of the autumn term
Thank you once again for your continued support of our school and of each other. Please be assured of our prayers and thoughts at this time and do let me know if there is anything further that we can do to support you and your family.