As we get closer to the end of term, a lot of you will have questions about starting at the Academy. A couple of weeks ago, we asked you what you wanted to know, here are the answers to the question some Year 6 students sent in. Next Tuesday would have been your Transition Day in the Academy and to mark the occasion we will share some video taster lessons that you can try at home or in school. For parents, we will also post a video of the Parents’ Evening that would have taken place on the evening.
Following the update to guidance from Government on social distancing with the development of ‘Support Bubbles’ we have updated our Parent Protocol for those families returning on Monday to Reception and our Year 6 class and those families using Key worker childcare.
Current Guidance states :
UPDATE TO GUIDANCE
From 13 June, single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each others’ homes, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart. The Government is making this change to support the loneliest and most isolated. It is a targeted intervention to provide extra support to some of those most impacted by the most difficult effects of the current social restrictions, while ensuring we continue to keep the rate of transmission down
Using a support bubble for informal childcare
From 13 June, if you are a lone parent you can form a support bubble with another household to provide informal (i.e. unpaid) childcare for them or for them to provide informal childcare for you. You should not form a support bubble with more than one household.
You must not:
- meet other people indoors – including in their home or your home – unless you are in a support bubble (from 13 June), or for other limited circumstances listed in law
- meet outdoors in a group of more than 6 with people who are not in your household or (where applicable) support bubble, or for other limited circumstances listed in law
- form a support bubble with another household if neither you nor they are in a single adult household
- stay overnight in another household that is not in your support bubble, unless it is for the limited set of circumstances outlined in law
If you have now set up a ‘Support bubble’ to provide support with collection and drop off, you will need to inform the school office as soon as possible so that we are aware who will be taking responsibility for the collection of your child
Our updated Protocol can be found here : Updated Parent Protocol
To try and give students an idea of the different subjects and the teachers that they will meet, there is a series of videos. This week is English, Maths & Sports Art and Performance – look out for all other subjects next week.
Please use link to some FAQs: https://bit.ly/3dJfe77
Following a meeting of the Governing Body on Friday 5 June, a decision was reached to begin the wider reopening of school to two year groups only, Reception and Year 6. A provisional date has been set for the opening of school to Year 1 pupils on the 29th June, however, this will depend greatly on the uptake of places for Reception and Year 6. Below are letters detailing how this will run along with plans, instructions and important information on how this will be managed.
A message from Consett Academy:
Council provides further information to schools on reopening
Durham County Council has provided the information after new scientific advice was published on Friday 22 May and due to concerns that key issues outside of its control have not yet been resolved.
Following discussions with the Chair of Governors I attach an update on the schools current position in relation to the wider reopening of school from the 1st June: Read Letter Here Key workers requiring Key Worker / Vulnerable Child child care should email the school if they require new provision by no later that Wednesday 27th May with key worker status evidence on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently in the early stages of considering how we can open school for a larger number of pupils whilst ensuring the safety of both children and staff after the 1st June. It is likely that this will mean a staggering of times, only opening to some classes on certain days of the week and potentially part days of the week and considerable changes to the school curriculum, routines and provision. In order to help us plan more effectively, it would be helpful to establish how many children would be likely to attend. Could you please complete the survey below by Friday lunchtime to allow us to plan effectively. Thank you for you assistance in this matter.
Parents and carers are reminded the priority upon reopening will be focused upon Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 where possible. However responses from other age groups are welcomed to help in longer term planning.
Dear Parents / Carers,
Re: possible reopening of school to more pupils in June
We know you’ve seen in the news that schools may reopen on 1 June to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it’s safe then.
We’re waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government right now, which will hopefully help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We’ll share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice.
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 these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.
However, we’re also not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We’ll keep you updated with all our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as possible, so you can make an informed decision.
In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we’re not in a position right now 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.
If you have any questions, or want to share any information, pictures or videos, please contact the school via email on P2259.email@example.com or on 01207 610358
Mr M Watson
Leadgate Primary School