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A message from Mr Hayles about schools reopening in June.

12 May 2020 (by admin)

In light of Government guidance, Mr Hayles has written to all parents.

Dear Parents

Following the Prime Minister's statement last night and his briefing today, I am sure you are wondering what could happen from the 1st June in relation to the possibility of schools opening to PreSchool, Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. The Government also hopes for schools to be open to ALL primary age groups for a month before the summer holiday period; it may not, however, have taken into account that Leicestershire starts earlier in the autumn and finishes earlier in the summer than elsewhere in the country.

We too have lots of unanswered questions and await further briefings and papers that may give further clarification.

At 2pm today, initial guidance was provided by way of a 50 page document, entitled 'OUR PLAN TO REBUILD:The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy'

The above is somewhat scant on detail in relation to schools and I have now just read a further three documents giving further advice to education settings.

Earlier today I met with all the other headteachers within Oak Trust to discuss and begin our planning and I shall work on this in greater detail with my senior team over this week, not least in light of the Government's thoughts. We must of course remember that certain conditions need to be met for the 1st June opening to go ahead and in the meantime school remains open only to the parents of key workers.

As soon as it is possible, having consulted with staff and governors and taken further advice where it is available, including from teacher unions, I will share our plans with you.

Also and I cannot be any clearer about this, at this difficult time when the health of your children and your wider families is at the forefront of my mind, that ultimately, you as parents must decide whether you feel it is safe for your child to return to school based upon the plans that we are able to put in place. Whilst the Government wishes to encourage pupils back into school we can only do our best to minimise the risk posed to pupils, your families and my staff and I will not promise anything that we cannot achieve.

At some point soon I will be in touch again, not just with our plans but to ascertain the likely numbers of pupils that we are to expect as this will affect greatly our plans that we will adapt as necessary, keeping you as informed as possible.

As ever, kind regards and keep safe.

Mr Hayles