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Message from Gill Holland CEO
22nd May 2020
Friday 22nd May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Further to our recent communication with you regarding ‘return to school’ arrangements, we would like to provide you with the following update.
As we have extended our criteria for keyworkers to the list provided by the Government, we are unable to offer any information on other places at this time; we are full. This means we cannot safely admit children from Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 6 whose parents do not fall into the keyworker category. Those families with places have now been contacted and they will be provided with further information from the individual schools.
You may have seen the reports on the news from schools who have shown their classrooms and how we intend to keep our children safe. This illustrates how we are, clearly, unable to provide the kind of learning opportunities the children usually receive in school. We will continue to provide on-line learning resources for our children at home.
Year 6 children will be contacted by each school as we recognition how difficult it is for them in particular, missing out on transition and the fabulous activities such as parties, concerts etc. we usually provide.
As the situation is changing constantly, we will of course be reviewing our provision, but we are not prepared to commit to specific dates. This will be done on a school by school basis, with safety as the main criteria.
As stipulated in the DfE guidance, when the review is undertaken, the following year groups will be prioritised in the order: Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Please understand that this is capacity dependent and we cannot guarantee that these year groups will be able to return to their school at this stage.
The Trustees and School Governing Bodies would like to pass their thanks onto all our families for their support at this time.
The Bronte Academy Trust
Message from Gill Holland CEO
18th May 2020
Monday 18th May 2020
Dear Parents and Families
Firstly, may I thank you wholeheartedly for all your support and patience at this time.
As you are probably aware from the media, the subject of children returning to school has become quite a hot potato; we were expecting this which is why we asked you to bear with us.
It would be my greatest wish to say we were all sorted for a grand re-opening on the 3rd June, but I cannot give you that certainty just now. We are awaiting outcomes from the discussions between the Unions, Government, scientific advisors and the BMA. As you can appreciate we are as frustrated as you.
Since we wrote to you last week when we had the directive from the Government, the goalposts have constantly moved. We received guidance on planning for re-opening and we contacted you, then the following day we received more detailed guidance, elements of which contradicted the guidance from the day before. We also noticed the tone altered to it being ‘from’ the 1st June and the words ‘if’ and ‘phased’ being used frequently. This is because the feedback to the Government from schools and Unions evidenced that it wasn’t as easy as all that!
Our priority is to keep everyone safe in our schools and we need to follow the DfE Guidance. Headteachers started to plan for this last week and all through the weekend, measuring classrooms, counting the number of rooms we could accommodate the children and looking at how many staff we will need for each classroom and how we put these into ‘bubbles’.
I have to admit to you all that we are struggling. If all our keyworker and vulnerable children returned along with Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 6, we would be doubling the number of children we can safely take following the social distancing guidelines we have received and we would run out of possible places to accommodate them. We do know, however, that some of you will not be sending your children back before summer and we completely understand that decision.
In order to really think and plan properly, we need to see how many more keyworker children we may be having from 3rdJune. We have our current childcare hub but we are aware that some of our parents work in schools and some have chosen to use annual holiday or had time off unpaid to look after their children and will have to send their children back. Currently, we have no idea how many that will be so our first stage of planning is finding this out and this is why we have asked keyworkers to contact their own school on Tuesday 19th May between 9am and 1pm to declare an interest. I must advise you that, whilst your details will be taken, we will not be able to give you any further information about the organisation of this service until we can sit down and look at the numbers.
I also want to reassure parents who are currently using our emergency childcare that very little will change. The only change is that we may have to relocate and, as all staff will be working all week, we will be unable to offer the weekend childcare moving forward.
Again, I want to apologise for being unable to give you definite details; I do not want to contact you too often as it just adds to unnecessary confusion. I want to assure you that we will be in touch later this week with further information.
Mr Gill Holland
Message from Gill Holland C.E.O
14th May 2020
Thursday 14th May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
We hope this letter finds you fit and well. It is not an easy time for any of us but on behalf of Brontë Academy Trust I want to thank you all for your support in these very strange times.
I am sure you are watching the updates from the Government as avidly as we are, hoping every day that the numbers of cases would decrease quickly or suddenly disappear but we all know that this will go on for some time yet and we have to adapt our lives accordingly.
Following the news about the possible return of Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 6 commencing 1st June, we are now looking at how we can try and ensure we keep both our children and staff safe.
We are closing our childcare provision on FRIDAY 22nd MAY at 6pm and will reopen for the allocated year groups, keyworker children and vulnerable groups as defined by the DfE, on WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE. This will give us time for each school to be deep-cleaned and re-organised followed by essential health and safety training for all staff.
School-specific information will be sent out to parents of the relevant year groups and key worker children prior to the 3rd June so everyone is prepared and we have a smooth start on the first morning. I must advise you that, in order to ensure we adhere to the social distancing and ‘bubble’ model we have been directed to implement from the DfE, we will not be running any breakfast clubs or after school clubs. This means that when school finishes at your child’s allocated time (you will be informed when that is), we are unable to provide any extended childcare, even for Keyworker children.
We are also aware that whilst we are busy getting ready for this transition, the Government may decide that it is not an appropriate time to open schools other than continuing with the current model we are now doing. I do not envisage that we will find out any earlier than the rest of the nation, as we have not done so far! If this is the case, we will revert back to the Keyworker model; parents using this service will be contacted via text to inform them of their return date, if this is the case.
Please be aware that, whilst parents are returning to work, we have not received any information that the Keyworker list has been extended or changed. As such, we welcome back the children who have been using our Brontë Hub and are eligible from the published criteria at their own school.
Bear with us and we will ensure we communicate information as soon as we have it.
Bronte Academy Trust
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