Please find attached a letter from Jill McGregor, Corporate Director of Children’s Services at Trafford Council

Please find attached a letter from Jill McGregor, Corporate Director of Children’s Services at Trafford Council, about Trafford’s plans to reopen schools. Basically, we will be able to offer places to Year 6 pupils from Wednesday 10th June, and although attendance is not compulsory, it is encouraged. Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th are set aside for preparing classrooms, ensuring adequate signage and a host of other measures, to make school safe enough for staff, children and their families, before reopening to a larger number of children. This is all subject to a very detailed risk assessment being completed, which we are working on this week, and will share with parents once approved by the governors, and is conditional on the government’s tests being met. Please read the attached letter. Many thanks for your ongoing support, Antony Dutton, Headteacher Reopening of Schools...

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Guidance from the government for parents and carers on how schools should prepare for their possible reopening to more pupils from Monday 8th June 2020.

Dear Parents and Carers, Guidance from the government for parents and carers on how schools should prepare for their possible reopening to more pupils from Monday 8th June, after the Whit half term holiday, is found via the link below. In our school, this will extend our offer of places to those pupils in Year 6. Their possible attendance will be dependent on many conditions being satisfied in the days and weeks beforehand. Various measures, such as separating classes into smaller groups with different teachers, to increase social distancing, staggering arrival times and break times etc, will have to be put in place to reduce the risk of infection from Covid-19, if they are allowed back at all, and we will write with more detailed information nearer the time. We will be contacting parents and carers of Year 6 pupils this week to find out your intentions at this stage, to help us know how many Year 6 pupils may be returning on 8th June, as their attendance, although encouraged by the government, is not subject to the usual penalties for non-attendance and we understand that many parents will still have concerns around safety despite our best endeavours. We will still be providing support for learning at home for those children in all year groups, including Year 6, who are not able to attend for any reason.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june  With best wishes from all the staff, Antony...

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Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak

Dear Parents and Carers, Although schools are closed for all except a very small number of pupils of key workers and vulnerable children, please be assured that we are doing all that we can to help you get through this very challenging time. Since this is officially our school’s Easter holiday period, teachers will not be setting work again until the week beginning Tuesday 14th April, so the children can have a break from learning. In any case, these suggestions and links to learning are just a guideline, and we are very aware that it may be very difficult to implement, for parents who may be caring for several young children, whilst home-working themselves. Please do not worry about this! The government has issued some guidance about how to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic. Please see the document below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak There is also a children’s guide to coronavirus which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.  This is available at the following link: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/ Please contact school via email if you need more information or if you have a safeguarding concern about a child. Regards Antony...

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In the event of a total school closure.

Dear Parents At present the school is open only to those children of key workers who have been offered a place, to enable parents who are eligible to continue with their essential work. If the situation worsens and this school has to close completely, there is a link on the Trafford Council website to support parents who require assistance to locate a different provision following a school closure. Queries should be raised on-line via the Family Information Service and the link is: https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/contacts/secure/family-information-service.aspx The Family Information Service will liaise with authority officers to provide a solution. Best wishes to everyone from all the staff. Mr A...

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