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Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well and have been able to enjoy the lovely weather we have had over half term.

I thought I would update you all on what is happening in school at the moment. I will be sending out another email to years R, 1 and 6 but I thought it important that you all knew what we were doing!

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that they felt the five key tests had been met and that it was safe to open schools wider again for years R, 1 and 6.

I will be totally honest with you and say that I am not convinced that they have all been met as there has been so much contradictory evidence produced that has made the issue far too muddled! We were concerned that none of the 9 recommendations/scenarios were put to the government and the DfE were chosen so a school we have looked at the SAGE advice and at the Independent SAGE advice and found that the best approach we can take is certainly one of caution.

We are going to continue to take the cautious approach as we feel this will be the best way to keep the school community as safe as possible. I hope you understand.

I am sure that you will have read lots of different things from other people and other schools and there will be disagreements. Our decision as a school is to open cautiously is one based around health and safety of our children, staff and families. It is very much a personal decision whether to send your child to school or not and we will support you in whatever decision you have made.

I have attached detailed guidance on how we are opening and what new procedures we will be following in terms of classroom expectation and home school agreements.

I appreciate that people will have different views on how we should do things and I sincerely apologise if my decisions cause any concern or inconvenience. All decisions are made for the very best of our school and never taken lightly.

#churchgatetogether

Mr Tye

head@churchgate.essexs.sch.uk