Phased Opening of Astrea Academy Woodfields
I am writing to hopefully provide more clarity on the recent government announcement regarding Secondary Schools. There is no definitive phased re-opening for Y10 and Y12 but we are assured this will be clarified by the DfE soon. In preparation for a further announcement we have been working through Pre Opening Action Plans to ensure that when the time is right the health and wellbeing of all staff and children is at the forefront of all decision making.
The DfE has published their expectations of Secondary Schools to begin to provide ‘face to face support for Y10 and Y12 pupils to supplement remote learning’ at some point before the end of the academic year. This is not the same as re-opening to the full cohort or offering in-school provision to all. Any form of national re-opening will be dependent on scientific advice and, at a local level, on risk assessments of the health, safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff. The outlook for pupils in Year 7-9 is that September will be the earliest likely return date. The DfE has a guide for parents, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settingsinformation-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june.
We continue our in-school provision for children of key (critical) workers and vulnerable pupils over the half-term holidays and next half-term. As people’s working arrangements change, and if you believe your child is eligible to access this provision, please do contact us via our App or by email at email@example.com. To plan staffing, we ask that you make contact with us as soon as possible as we cannot accommodate children without prior knowledge.
Any child displaying COVID-19 symptoms must be kept at home to self-isolate. Any incidents of Covid infection within households must be reported to school immediately.
As I am sure you will appreciate, COVID-19 represents huge challenges to how we run our school and we are working hard to develop a practical, safe plan to implement the government guidance. We want our children to return to school as soon as possible but we recognise that the health and safety of pupils and staff is of paramount importance.
I will be in touch soon with further information for specific year groups.
Thank you for support.