9-6-20 Covid-19 Update

09 Jun - 2020
By: webmaster

Dear parents and carers

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. As you may be aware there was a press release from Durham County Council regarding the wider opening of schools from the 15th June.

We are following the current Government Guidance below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings  

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance

“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.”

To ensure all of our school community is kept safe we are risk assessing each child on an individual basis to inform our decisions of who will be able to return to school in the next phase of reopening.

There are many things to consider whilst undertaking these risk assessments and it remains the case, during the current circumstances, that the majority of our pupils will still be safer at home. As we move forward we will be updating risk assessments accordingly taking into account any new guidance.

It is anticipated that pupils will not be able to attend school on a full time basis.  

As children slowly return to school we need to consider how we keep everyone safe and limit physical interactions.

School will be a very different environment from what we are all used to.

To ensure social distancing and hygiene control we will only be able to have a maximum of 4 pupils in each room at any one time.

Pupils will not be in their regular classroom with their peers. Whilst we will try to ensure there is at least one member of staff your child is familiar within the classroom we cannot guarantee it.

Staff will work hard to establish routines and provide a range of appropriate and engaging activities. Pupils will remain in the same room and outside area.

A member of staff will be contacting you to discuss their risk assessment. As always it is our top priority to ensure your child and everyone who supports them are kept safe. This will likely mean your child will not be able to return to school on the 15th June and it will be more appropriate for them to remain at home for the time being.

As always we appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions you can contact the school office between 9-2.30 Mon-Fri

Yours sincerely

 

Judith Benson

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