Since closure, we have continued to provide full-time opening for the care of children of key workers and some vulnerable children, as per Government guidelines. We have provided learning for all of our pupils at home through distance learning platforms and teacher contact with families. We are very grateful for your support in helping your child to continue their learning whilst at home throughout this unusual and difficult period.
The Government's roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, includes the phased return of some children to school from 1 June at the earliest. While this is their intent, whether this is possible on that date will depend on whether the Government considers that its five conditions for relaxing lockdown measures have been met.
As all schools are different, it is not possible for the Government to set specific guidelines that are universally applicable. In order to support our planning for re-opening, I have been taking advice from experts within the Cabot Learning Federation and the Local Authority (Health and Safety, Education and HR).
Our focus will be to open the school with a safe maximum number of pupils and staff on site at any point, limiting the amount of contact between different groups of children and staff and adding in additional protective measures.
Initially, we will move our full-time provision for priority groups from the Haywood Village ‘hub’ back to Uphill Primary School. These are children who are described as vulnerable and children of ‘critical workers’ (as per guidance from the Department of Education, updated 5 May 2020). We anticipate the numbers in this group will increase as parents/carers return to work over the coming weeks.
We are continuing to evaluate how ready the school will be to potentially open to more pupils over the course of subsequent weeks, in line with the Government’s intentions and guidance. When it is feasible for us to safely accommodate more pupils we will begin to offer places to children in the Government’s prioritised year groups: Reception, Year 1 and then Year 6.
Children will only be allowed to return in a way that supports our responsibility to ensure high standards of safety at all times. While it may be the case that your child is eligible to return to school in June, we may not be able to offer a place until a later date.
However, please be assured we will continue to provide distance learning for all children and will keep in touch with our families throughout this period of partial closure.