Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, I hope you and your family are well. I am thinking of you all and sending my very best wishes to everyone. It’s a very challenging situation for us all. I know you, like us, will be uncertain and possibly worried about a number of very important things.
On Sunday evening, Boris Johnson announced that primary schools may start to reopen from 1st June, starting with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. As a Special School, when we begin to open our doors to more children, we have more freedom to decide how and when to do this in order to keep the children and staff as safe as possible. We are waiting to receive more information and guidance from the Government, education unions and the Local Authority about what this means for our school; however, we are starting to make our own plans about how we could open the school gradually to more children safely. I will provide further information in the coming weeks once I am able to do so, but it is highly likely that we will be able to offer only part time places, at least initially, to be able to comply with social distancing requirements.
It’s also important to say that at the moment, nothing has changed. Ashdale is open daily for a very small number of children, the children of key workers and those who have very significant need to be there. There is a growing demand for places at Ashdale, but currently there is no additional capacity, although we are doing all we can to help families in need. If we do need to offer more children a part time place, it may mean that some children currently attending Ashdale every day, may need to attend less often. I would ask you to consider carefully the need for a place at Ashdale and, if we do need to offer less days to more children, please understand that this is to try to support more children and their families at this very difficult time.
We are still here if we can do anything to support you - please don’t hesitate to contact us. Glynis and Tracy, and class teachers, will be keeping in touch regularly by phone, and, when Ashdale site is open, you can call us if you need to. You can also use Facebook to make contact and we will do all we can to help.
Again, I also want to say THANK YOU to all staff at The Dales for all they are doing to support the children, families and each other.
Please take care and stay safe and well.
With my very best wishes,