Letter regarding school reopening

Dear Parents/Carers,

The Government’s tests have been met to allow a gradual reopening of school buildings to more pupils, our top priority at Lord Blyton is to keep everyone safe. From the feedback we have received, there are many worried people who are concerned about the personal health implications of having more pupils in school.

Although the health risk is said to be low, there is still a risk of infection with Covid-19. This is why we must introduce strict control measures.

Ultimately until there is a vaccine, the virus will be with the population as a whole for a long time and we must do what we need to do to protect everyone at Lord Blyton School.

The Governor’s at Lord Blyton have made the following decision this week.

Governors, having taken into account the Risk Assessment, the still high rate of COVID19 in the North East, the R rate of 0.8 and the reluctance of parents to send their children into school at this stage, as the guidance is ever-changing and there is a lack of clarity from the Government they are of the opinion that they do not agree to children returning to the school from 1st June 2020.

However, the Board of Governors recognise that the situation is ever-changing and will review this decision (on 15th June,) with parents to be advised that the earliest date to extend opening of the school would be Monday 22nd June.

This means that we will be open for the children of key workers and children in vulnerable groups. This group will become bigger as more parents need to return to work.

Currently the key worker list has not changed.

We will need to teach/care for these children using the Risk Assessments that were past by the Governors and will be approved by the Local Authority.

If you are a key worker or your child falls into the Government’s vulnerable category and you need to place your child back in school please contact the office via email or a phone call and leave a message and the relevant forms will be sent to you. This applies to any children from nursery through to year 6.

We appreciate some people may have to return to work who do not fall into the key worker criteria and we are awaiting further guidance around this from the Government.

The school will look and operate differently and once the Risk Assessments have been approved by the Local Authority we will send further details of this.

The Governor’s need to ensure that pupils, staff and parents operate within these guidelines. This is to ensure the risk of passing infection is kept as low as possible and we expect that people will be minimising their risks in their personal lives following Government guidelines. We are trusting that all our school community is abiding by these rules and acting responsibly.

You will receive a new pack of work for the children. The staff will be working on these and will get a paper copy and an electronic to you next week.

Please don’t forget to email your teachers they all love to hear from you.

Thank you again for your understanding and co-operation and stay safe.

Ms Atherton

Headteacher