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School Update

Monday 22nd June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

This week we have started to increase our capacity by inviting some of our Year 11 and Year 14 students back to school. Just to reassure you, we are still keeping the bubbles to a maximum of four with four members of staff. We are continuing to risk assess and plan each day. Our risk assessments are for each child and their respective needs, the classroom areas, the level of equipment required and the staffing ratios. These are then covered by a whole school risk assessment, which is overseen by the Local Authority.

So that we can see as many of the children as possible, we have continued to split the week with some Bubbles being with us on Monday and Tuesday and the second wave of Bubbles in on Wednesday and Thursday of each week. Fridays are working well as the cleaners have the opportunity to deep clean each week and transitions can take place for new children coming in.

If we are able to change the way we are working over the next few weeks, we will inform you of the changes and the increased capacity, but at the moment, the guidance remains the same for special school as it does for Primary schools. However, there is a caveat in that special schools can provide for as many families as is possible, in a safe and carefully risk assessed way.

On Friday the Government announced that schools will be fully open in September. However, they are providing more detail around this in the next few weeks. Until we get more detail, I cannot answer any questions about what this will look like, but we are starting to plan for every eventuality. We shall of course keep you informed of the decisions the DfE are making and how that will impact on the child, the school and the parents.

Take care and stay safe.