The DfE have issued new guidance on how schools can reopen safely in September and welcome back all pupils

Dear All, The DfE have issued new guidance on how schools can reopen safely in September and welcome back all pupils. This will be possible with a careful system of infection controls and other measures designed to  keep staff, pupils and their families as safe as possible. We will be updating our risk assessment to reflect this and will let parents and others know how we will be doing this over the next few weeks.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term Antony Dutton...

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The DfE have sent some detailed guidance and advice for parents on keeping children safe from abuse and harm.

The DfE have sent some detailed guidance and advice for parents on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. It brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus pandemic and signposts you to help and support that is available. If you have a concern about a child, please speak to me or one of the other deputy designated safeguarding leads in school, or contact First Response on 0161 912 5125, or out of hours on 0161 912 2020.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm/advice-to-parents-and-carers-on-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm Best wishes, Antony...

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An update from Jill McGregor, Trafford Council’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services

Dear Parents and Carers, Apologies for the very short notice, but after receiving an update from Jill McGregor, Trafford Council’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services at 9.30pm last night, I felt I should share the information with you as soon as possible. Following the late publication of the regional position on Friday, in respect of the change in the R value in the North-West, the council met yesterday to discuss the opening of schools in Trafford.  During their meeting they considered a number of local factors more specific to Trafford. The communication yesterday evening has “strongly advised” that we do not open for more pupils on Wednesday 10th June, but instead reopen on Monday 15th June at the earliest.   After a discussion with our chair of governors, Mr Wood and consultation with our SLT, we have made the decision to follow Trafford’s advice and delay our reopening until 15thJune, or later if further advice is received, as long it is safe to do so. In order to review and consider any issues that schools may have, Trafford will be meeting with Headteacher Cluster Leads and Union representatives today to share their position statement. This information will then be fed back to all headteachers and I hope to gain a better understanding of Trafford’s data. This will impact our Year 6 pupils many of whom were looking forward to returning to school tomorrow.  I sincerely apologise for the late notice given to our Y6 families, as I know many parents will have work commitments and the children will be excited about seeing their friends this week. Please note that school remains open for registered Key Workers’ children and those in vulnerable groups, as it has been throughout the lockdown. Please be assured that we will do everything we can to enable Year 6 pupils to return to schools as quickly as possible, but our priority has to be that it is safe to do so for staff and pupils. Yours sincerely Antony...

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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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