Phased academy reopening plan – coronavirus (COVID-19)

We hope that you and your family remain safe and well.

Firstly, thank you for all the support that you have been providing at home during these difficult times – we appreciate that this may have proved challenging, but we have seen great examples of effort and work from children and families alike.

 As you will be aware, the government has asked that schools plan for a reopening from 1 June. This is dependent on meeting the ‘five tests’ set out by the government and this evidence is due to be reviewed on 28 May – only if these measures are met will schools begin to reopen.

Since the date of this announcement, we have been working with colleagues across Diverse Academies Trust to establish the safest ways for a phased reopening of our academies in line with guidance from the Department for Education.

We appreciate the importance of children returning to school, but are absolutely clear that this must be done with the health and safety of all children and staff at the forefront of our decision making.

With this in mind, we plan to begin to extend provision to more pupils from Monday 8th June, provided all additional safety measures are in place. We will be offering provision based on discussions with parents to assess the needs of each child and determine appropriate support. We will contact the parents of all children prior to their return- please do not bring your child into the academy until arrangements are in place.

In the meantime, we will continue to provide care for the children of keyworkers and children identified according to the criteria provided by the government and we are planning for these children to return to Redgate Primary Academy once all safety work is complete. We anticipate this will happen during the first week in June but will clarify the timings of this directly with those parents/carers.

We will be continuing to provide online learning for these and other year groups in the meantime and we are here to support you wherever we can.

Please note that it is your right to continue to provide home education if you do not wish to send your children back into the academy – you will not be penalised or fined should you wish to keep them at home.

Take care and all the best,

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Pauline Corfield, Senior Principal

Mr Courtney Hoop, Principal