Parent/carer Information on Extended Openings
June 2nd, 2020
As everyone is probably aware, those schools which were closed during ‘lockdown’, due to the COVID19
pandemic, re-opened yesterday. In my letter to parents on the 22nd May 2020, I explained how we were
extending the opening of our school to additional pupils and that we will continue to steadily increase the number
of pupils who are in school. We are prioritising pupils whose parents are key workers; pupils who are LAC (Looked
After Children); pupils who are extremely vulnerable at home and those parents who need to return to
Staff have completed a ‘situational’ risk assessment on each pupil, this is based on the information we have
gathered from all those persons who have been in communication with you these past few months and with
direct conversations with parents. We are using this information in order to prioritise specific children who we
know, from the information gathered and shared between school staff and parents/carers, to identify who needs
to be in school.
The Government on the 26th May 2020 issued specific guidance to schools regarding Supporting children and
young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening , by clicking on this link you can access
the full document. This guidance asks special schools to work towards a phased return of more children and
young people, without a focus on specific year groups and informed by risk assessments, this is what we have
been doing throughout the COVID19 pandemic and is the approach which we will continue to follow.
I know that parents are raising questions with staff about their child returning to school, if you are unclear about
how we bring more children back into school, then please contact either Mrs Staple (Head of Secondary), Mrs
Oliver (Head of Primary), Mrs Pickles (Head of School) or myself.
We like all of you, are challenged by the restrictions placed on us and in order to keep pupils and staff as safe as
possible, we have introduced recommended additional health and safety measures in school, which I referred to
in my previous letter. The effect of these restrictions, is that we cannot accommodate in the school buildings all
our staff and all our pupils and local authority transport is unable to bring in high numbers of pupils, as they too
have to enforce social distancing on their vehicles. Unfortunately, due to the Government restrictions, a high
number of staff are not able to work in school. The challenges all schools are facing, will not change until we are
allowed to fully re-open by the Government and the threat of the pandemic is substantially reduced.
My thoughts and best wishes are with you all during these challenging times.