Governor's Letter to Parents & Carers about re-opening 1st June 2020
1st June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
It has now been just over two months since the government asked schools to close for the majority of pupils. Since then, Coppetts Wood has continued to provide places for key worker children and the most vulnerable.
As you know, the government has since asked all schools to plan for a possible wider opening of schools, for limited age groups, from the 1st of June. In order to prepare for this possibility, Kirstie Barrett and the staff team have been carefully assessing all the risks involved for children, staff and the community. They have used both the Government guidelines (Actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020) and the joint Union Checklist (Planning-guide-primary-schools) to draw up a comprehensive risk assessment to manage and minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission. This risk assessment will be posted on the school website in advance of the wider opening.
As a governing body, we have fully supported the school and have been in regular communication to understand the unique circumstances faced. More recently, we have been in discussion with Mrs. Barrett in order to fully understand the perceived risks involved in welcoming back more children and the specific risk management arrangements at the school. Following questioning and scrutiny, the governing board has approved the risk assessment and the specific plans for the wider re-opening of Coppetts Wood Primary School.
None of this would be possible if it were not for the school’s staff who have worked so hard in the last two months, keeping the school open for vulnerable and key worker children, as well as providing excellent home learning experiences for the majority of children. In the coming half term, we are asking more staff to come into school where they can. Staff who are themselves extremely clinically vulnerable or live with someone who is in the shielded group will not be expected to return to work. They, along with staff who are unable, for a variety of reasons, to return to work in the short-term, will be supporting their colleagues and Coppetts Wood children at home through the remote learning. Both these groups are still fundamental to the staffing team.
Many parents will be debating whether or not to send their children back into school. I hope the risk assessment will explain the measures the school has put into place. Home learning will continue for children not in the targeted year groups and for all those in the targeted years whose parents decide not to send them back to school for the time being.
Chair of Governors