As you know, the government is encouraging schools to gradually open up to more classes from sometime after 01 June. We have been asked to consider how we can do this in the safest way possible. At the moment we have children in school from key worker families and some other groups. Although we do not yet know exactly when we will be reopening to more children, this is what we have decided so far.
- In common with most other schools in Southport WE WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL CHILDREN FOR THE HALF TERM HOLIDAY, that is from Monday 25 May till Friday 29 May. This is so our cleaning company can clean the school properly before more pupils return. We also need to plan the next step in reopening very carefully. KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN AND OUR STAFF SAFE FROM CORONAVIRUS IN SCHOOL IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.
- Holy Trinity Out of School Club WILL BE CLOSED during half term. Under current conditions, it is not safe for the Holiday Club to be open.
- On 01 June school will re-open for children of key workers and vulnerable groups.
- We are making plans for more children to return to school sometime after half term. We are working with our health and safety consultants to draw up a risk assessment so that we do everything we can to keep our children, staff and families safe. This is our top priority. We will publish our risk assessment when it is done.
- When we are advised that we have good safety measures in place, school will be open to more pupils. They will be taught in smaller groups (no more than 15 to a group) with two members of staff. We will keep members of staff the same with each group as far as we can. Children will stay with their group when they are in school and will not have direct contact with other groups. This is in line with current government advice.
- When we do allow more pupils in school, we will open up one year group at a time. The first year group to come back will be YEAR 6. This is because we believe our oldest pupils can best listen and follow our safety rules in school. By having Year 6 back, divided into two groups, we will be able to test out how our safety measures will work with younger children. We can then adjust them if we need to before we open up further.
- We will give you AT LEAST 10 DAYS’ NOTICE telling you when your child can come back to school. This is so you can prepare your child for return and ask us any questions.
- Normally, school is the best place for a child to be. They should be learning and living happily with their schoolmates and staff. However, NO PARENT WILL BE PENALISED FOR NOT SENDING THEIR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE STILL WORRIED ABOUT THE RISK OF COVID-19, TO THEM OR SOMEONE IN THEIR HOUSEHOLD.
If you have any questions, please phone us at school during term time and we will be happy to help.
I would like to thank all our families for being so supportive and patient during these most difficult times. Those of you with children at home have done a fantastic job in using our home learning packs. The teachers are so grateful because it means our children will be still ready to learn when they return.
As our school responds to the gradual easing of lockdown, we will be releasing a lot more information. It is very important that you keep checking for texts from us as well as news items on our website. National guidance for parents can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
God’s blessing and stay safe.