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Bradfields Academy

UPDATE - Coronavirus - Re: Possible Reopening of School to more Students in June

12 May 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Possible reopening of school to more students in June

We are sure many of you will have watched the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night or have seen the detail in the news. The Prime Minister stated that schools may be in a position to implement a phased reopening, for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, in mainstream provisions from 1st June, if it is deemed safe to do so at that time. The guidance outlines that for Special Schools we are not required to focus on the Year groups outlined above. Instead we will be looking at the groups of students that have the greatest need to be within the academy. The 1st June is the earliest possible date we can consider expanding the number of children we will be able to support within the academy and is part of the government’s conditional plan, which will be under regular review.

We received further guidance and clarification from the government on the evening of the 11th May, which we are using to help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We’ll share our plans with you as soon as possible so you know what our reopening will look like in practice, and the health and safety provisions we will make.

It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure we’re ready to receive additional children if it’s deemed safe for Bradfields to reopen in the coming weeks. We would like to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of our children, staff and the community will remain our priorities.

We will keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the academy is as safe as possible. It is not, however, our intention to put pressure on parents/carers to send their children into the academy, you know your children and personal situation best. There will be no chance of being fined for lack of attendance. Whilst we will put all the measures we can in place it is important, however, to keep in mind that children are likely to find it more difficult to follow social distancing rules.

The Government provided updated guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people. This guidance provides information on when and how nationally the government is opening education settings to more children.

The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

There has also been detailed guidance published on ‘staying safe outside your home’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home explaining the new rules which will take effect on Wednesday. The link below sets out key FAQ to inform the public and help you prepare for these changes.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Currently, the academy is open only for the children of critical frontline keyworkers, and this will not change. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we’re not in a position to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.

We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing. We have also added further resources to our website to help you support your child’s sensory, fine and gross motor skill needs at home, which can be found here: Supporting Children's Needs at Home

We will be in touch again when we have more information.

Yours faithfully,

Marie Sweetlove

Principal