Government Ambition for partial reopening of our schools – Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6
I promised to contact you regarding how we were going to take forward the Government’s plans for schools to begin to reopen. We have been doing extensive planning around this and it was our intention, today, to update you fully on what our proposals might be.
The return of pupils to school depends on a number of factors:
- The Government meeting its own key 5 tests at the next review of the current lockdown on 28th May
- School being able to put in place adequate plans to keep your children safe whilst providing an education
- Having time to talk to you about our plans and the opportunity to listen to your feedback
- Approval from the Trust Board of Cumbria Education Trust that all Risk Assessments and other relevant planning were fit for purpose
As I have always said, getting this right is important. We have written extensive plans but feel it is improper to make any final decisions on the reopening until we have seen the outcome of the government review. We don’t want to be in a position where we welcome children back to school and then have to revert that offer.
Therefore, we have no option but to delay the stage of outlining these plans to you until straight after half-term. We will not take the step of changing our current provision until we have consulted you on what that change may be. I know for some of you this will be frustrating, but I can assure you that we are equally exasperated by the situation.
For those parents who are Key Workers, you will be contacted separately with the details of the childcare provision that is being offered to you. If you consider yourself to be a Key Worker and did not complete the questionnaire requesting a place for child care provision, please email email@example.com and we will be in touch in due course.
I thank you for your continued support and patience. Please be assured that we are working extremely hard to ensure the safety of your children and our staff.