15 June 2020
The Minister of Education, Peter Weir, has informed principals that he has established an Education Restart Programme to address the phased reopening of schools. The Restart Programme Board will consider the following:
As we receive guidance and direction from the Department of Education, we will be in a position to finalise our arrangements for a phased reopening. I recognise that parents are anxious for details about how the pupils will returning the new term and that is why we want to ensure that the information we give you is as accurate as possible and in line with DE guidance. I envisage that this will incorporate a new blended approach to education where our pupils will be educated through a mixture of remote learning at home and face-to-face teaching at school. Therefore, not all pupils will return to school as normal at the beginning of the next academic year and may only attend school on a timetabled basis.
Formulation of this letter has come about because of consultation and collaboration between all Nursery School Principals in the West Belfast ALNC and is in line with our Primary Colleagues. Our staff teams, both teaching and non-teaching, have been working hard to prepare for your children’s return. We are putting risk assessments in place, adapting our curriculum planners and considering how we can provide your children with the best possible learning experience when they return. Please complete the following survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8LJPGNP. We want to have as much information as possible about how the children have coped during lockdown to ensure that plans are in place to meet the emotional needs of our pupils as well as the academic needs.
When we receive the guidance from the Minister we will make you aware of our plans so that you can begin to make the necessary arrangements for childcare provision, etc. We realise that this is an extremely stressful time for parents and we will not keep you waiting for information longer than is necessary.
Thank you once again for your continued support.
Mrs C Gribbon
St Bernadette’s Nursery School