Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to update you on our current position regarding the potential re opening of school in June.
As I am sure you will be aware there is a great deal of debate in the Media about the ongoing discussions regarding the Governments proposed strategy to for the re-opening of Education and childcare settings from the 1st June.
We all want to get back to normal as soon as possible and our staff would love to be delivering lessons again to all our students. However, as throughout this challenging period we are always going to put the health and well-being of our students and staff first.
We have been asked to open school for face to face support for Year 10 students only. The aim is to support the remote learning we have in place on Google Classroom with this year group. The Government at this time have no plans to re-open secondary schools for any other year groups before the summer holidays.
The Government have clearly stated that any changes will only happen when the five key test that they set are met and that the infection rate has decreased. The Government will be reviewing the scientific data on the 28th May and that will inform the final decision to press ahead or delay.
However, the decisions on when to re-open still rests with the school and we are currently looking at possible solutions and strategies to enable Year 10 face to face sessions. These plans have to be carefully considered and subject to consultation with the Governing Body, staff, unions, parents and carers.
We are conducting a range of risk assessments and considering all health and safety factors and the logistics are very complex. The school has to be Covid 19 Secure. As you know social distancing has significantly contributed to the reduction of the infection rate and as school we must maintain effective social distancing at all times. This is not an easy task in a school site with narrow corridors, small classrooms etc.
Before opening, many logistical changes will need to be made to ensure school is safe.
- Continue to develop the Online Learning – Google Classrooms
- Staffing coverage to run effectively
- Making Classrooms Covid Secure – Social Distancing 2m etc.
- Transport to school and logistics
- Safe entry and exit of the school building
- Staggered starts and finish of sessions / face to face
- Movement around school – one ways systems
- Resources and IT access
- Signage around school
- Behaviour, routines and expectations
- Uniform expectations
- Procedures for dealing with students with potential Covid 19 symptoms
Also our local context must be considered and advice we have received from Wigan Local Authority is that we should consider opening for the 8th June not the 1st of June due to the current situation locally.
So following that advice and we will not be opening school for Year 10 from the 1st of June at this point. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated when we can confirm our proposed strategy for the future based on the Governments scientific findings and recommendations.
Pleased be assured we will do everything we can to make sure school is safe and we have a sustainable plan for the future.
Finally can I also say a big thanks for all the support with home schooling and encouraging the children to participate with Google Classroom and coaching activities. We have continued to be amazed by the commitment and quality of work the students are producing.
Online learning will continue for the rest of this term and is essential for students progress. We will be reviewing and developing the delivery as we go through the term.
This week we would also have seen the start of the GCSE exams season and we know Year 11 are still apprehensive and concerned regarding the GCSE grades this summer. I would like to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure students get the grades they deserve.
This is continues to be a challenging time and as a Shevington Family we will work together to ensure the young people get the best possible education experience at this time.
Look after your loved ones and stay safe.
Mr J Grant