Letter from the Headteacher on 14th May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you all so much for the way you are working with us in support of your children and young people at this incredibly difficult time. We have been impressed and delighted to hear and see the amazing outcomes of some of your home working.
We have continued to try to support you as best we can with our core offer and individual arrangements when appropriate. The Children and Adults with Disabilities team (CAD) continues to be very supportive in helping families get extra carer support if they require and want it. We initially identified families without garden access to have slots in our outdoor spaces and are happy to extend this in a manageable way.
As you will have heard, the Government have asked mainstream schools to start planning how they could safely open their schools to pupils in certain year groups, in restricted numbers from June the 1st, if it appears safe to do so.
Special schools have been asked to complete a risk assessment on every student to determine risk in school and home environments. We are currently working to complete these as soon as possible. Special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools will work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus on specific year groups when it is judged safe to do so.
Link for full information - www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings
We are working to create a detailed safety plan, based on our risk assessments and guidelines as they are produced.
We await further advice from the Government in terms of safe practice for all in a setting where social distancing will not be possible. We will then provide you with more details on the arrangements for protecting our students and staff to allow you to make an informed choice as to whether you wish to send your child or young adult back to school/college.
We know there are a significant number of parents and carers who are expressing concern about their child or young person having to return to school before September. We will seek your views on this issue as part of our next step planning.
The Government has been clear that if parents or carers don’t feel it is safe to return there will be no fines or negative attendance impact.
We miss you all and greatly appreciate everything you are doing.