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Primary Education Trust

COVID-19

STATEMENT ON ‘RE-OPENING’ OF CPET SCHOOLS FROM MONDAY 8TH JUNE 2020

 

22nd May 2020

 

On 10th May 2020, the government announced that some primary schools in England could ‘reopen’ to some year groups from 1st June 2020 “at the earliest”. In its statement it was proposed that a phased return to school would begin with pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, should infection rates and the government’s other key tests at the time allow it.

 

The Department for Education (DfE) published further guidance on 11th May 2020. Initially, and for mainstream settings, the focus would be on children in the following year groups:

 

  • Nursery
  • Reception (aged 4 to 5)
  • Year 1 (aged 5 to 6)
  • Year 6 (aged 10 to 11 – in the final year of primary schooling in two-tier systems)
  • Year 10 (aged 14 to 15 – the year before GCSE or equivalent exams)
  • Year 12 (aged 16 to 17 – the year before A level or equivalent exams)

 

Following this announcement, unions including the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), National Education Union (NEU) and NASWUT teachers’ union have all publicly responded to this plan. These groups also held a briefing with government science and medical health advisors on 15th May 2020 around the safety of ‘re-opening’ schools – and discussions have continued throughout this week.

 

Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET) clearly recognises the concerns being raised around the phased return of children into its schools after half-term, and the health and safety of our pupils, colleagues and their family members is paramount. Throughout the lockdown period, all of our schools within the Trust have remained open providing education facilities and support to those children whose parents are key workers.

 

The Trust has consulted with parents/carers of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils to request who, and how many, plan to send their children into school so we can make appropriate plans going forward. We asked for returns to our questionnaire by the end of 15th May 2020. Across our Trust schools approximately 60% of parents/carers have indicated they would send their children back to school in June.

 

Ministers will make the final decision on whether to press ahead with its schools ‘reopening’ plan. In the meantime, we have taken the decision as a Trust (ratified by our Board of Trustees at a meeting on 18th May 2020) to prepare for the phased return of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils from  8th June 2020, as well as continuing home learning for children who do not return and remain at home. Each school’s offer will be communicated to parents during the week of 1st June 2020.

 

There is clearly a lot to consider to ensure a safe environment for everyone. We have therefore enhanced our rigorous risk assessment to reflect Covid-19 and how we re-open our schools in a safe manner. This includes, but is not limited to issues such as staffing, class sizes, social distancing, PPE, cleaning, catering, first aid, fire safety, dealing with waste, reporting incidents and behaviour. We are leaving no stone unturned in our attempts to create a safe environment for all in our schools.

 

Once we have confirmation from the government on ‘re-opening’, our schools will write to parents/carers again during the week of 1st June 2020. Schools will outline their offer and ask parents/carers to confirm their child’s place as per the school’s offer. We will confirm arrangements as appropriate for each year group in each school. 

 

Rest assured that the protection of pupils, colleagues and their families is the single most important priority for the Trust. Whatever the outcome, we will remain open to vulnerable children and those of key workers.

 

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for their unwavering commitment and dedication during these unprecedented times. We also wish to thank parents/carers, and children, for their amazing support.

 

                                                                                           

Lesley Birch                                                                John Frost

CEO/Executive Principal                                            Chair of Trustees

Cambridge Primary Education Trust                          Cambridge Primary Education Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please continue to look on individual CPET school websites under 'Key Information' for Covid-19 updates.

 

 

COVID-19 – NHS Advice

 

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

 

For full and current guidance please visit: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

Latest Self-Isolation Guidance

 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms.

 

Everyone should stay at home and follow self-isolation measures if you have either:

 

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

 

How long to stay at home?

If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

For further guidance, please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

Useful Government links

Updates on COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

 

 

 

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