Dear parents and carers,
Welcome back to the final term of the year. I hope you all enjoyed your break and that the first week after the half term has been positive for you and your families. I also hope that you have managed to settle back into your home learning routines.
I would like to begin by thanking all of you who have taken the time to write to me with your positive comments regarding how Air Balloon has managed (and continues to manage) this whole coronavirus situation. This is a really challenging time for everyone in our community and we are all working hard trying to make the right decisions for everyone. I can’t tell you how much your kind messages have meant to me and the team. I am sorry that I have not replied individually but please don’t take that as a sign that your support is not appreciated because it really, really is!
As you know, I made the decision to delay our plans to open up to more children by a week. At present, we still intend to welcome back our Year 6 pupil on 15th June. If you are in Year 6, please do not try to come to school next week as we will not be ready for you. Next week, we will be writing to all the returning Year 6 children informing them about what their return to school will look like. This will include the specific days and times that they will be in school as well as some information from the teachers who will be teaching them when they return.
If your child is in Year 1, the survey is still open for you to declare whether you intend to return you child to school or not. I will be writing to you next week to let you know if we are planning on welcoming more Year 1 children into school from 22nd June. I will also write to our Reception parents a little later on in the term.
For the children who have been attending school since lockdown began, including those children whose parents are key workers, I have already written to you to explain some of the changes that are taking place next week. Please make sure that you are clear about what time your children need to arrive to school by and what time they are to be collected at the end of the day.
As we welcome back more children, it will mean that we have more staff on site including more teachers. This will have an impact on some children’s home learning and how your teacher keeps in touch with you. If your child’s home learning experience, or keeping in touch arrangements, are likely to change because their teacher is now going to be in school, you will be informed next week. Don’t worry, we will still be providing every child who is unable to attend school with daily tasks but the nature of these may change as the year continues.
If you are unsure about any of the school’s arrangements, please do get in touch and we will be able to support you.
I hope you enjoy your weekend.
Term 1 and 2