Dear Parents and Carers,
Many of you will have seen the announcement made by the government on Sunday regarding the Coronavirus and the steps that are being planned to help us safely come out of lockdown.
It was made clear that from Monday the 11th of May those people that can safely return to work can do so; however, schools will not open until at least the 1st of June and then only for children in reception, year 1 and year 6. At the moment, we are assuming this also applies to special schools although we cannot rule out different expectations; which could include, different year groups returning at different times or a later opening date altogether. There was speculation that children sitting exams next year will be returning to school this academic year, this may mean that for some the closure may extend until September but second guessing can be very dangerous and I will of course keep you updated.
The main reason for writing to you today is to remind you of the importance of keeping your children and young people at home unless they are unsafe whilst at home in the care of their families or carers or if you are a key worker. The Academy has a register and risk assessment system and each child is reviewed at least once a week; this information is then shared with Nottinghamshire County Council and social care. Places at the Academy have been offered to a very small number of children and these decisions are not taken lightly. I fully understand that many of you will be keen to return to work, many households are worried about their finances and employment but I must follow the guidelines from the Department for Education (DFE) and remain closed until I am instructed to open.
Some parents are rightly concerned about the risk to their children when we do re-open. We are likely to operate a phased opening of the school in June/July but as I have stated before, I will work with parents to make sure your children are safe.
We will continue to stay in touch with you, we hope you are still safe and we are continuing to provide work for your children to complete at home. We think ‘staying alert’ means staying safe and avoiding unnecessary contact. The teachers, the TAs, the office staff, the kitchen staff and the staff that keep the building clean and safe all miss your children and we look forward to seeing them all soon.
James Hutchinson - Headteacher
Latest Information 21st May 2020
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