Coronavirus Update

8th June 2020

Dear parents and carers
I would like to bring you up to date on our response to the challenges of Covid-19 across our schools.
1. Provision for Key worker children
We continue to support families of key workers. Our provision for these children has expanded and we are mirroring the ‘bubble’ strategy we are using in our ‘eligible year group’ classes.


2. Eligible year groups in school
Year 6: All our schools ran a very successful induction programme with Year 6 last week and are opening their doors to Year 6 for four days per week. Our dedicated staff teams have worked hard to prepare classrooms and the site, establish new systems based on detailed risk assessments and establish new routines to minimise risks of transmission of Covid-19. Our children responded superbly to the new routines and classroom practices. We are so proud of them. Thank you to all families who prepared their children for this change and are supporting us with adhering to the social distancing guidelines.
Year 1: Our Year 1 children begin their return to school this week with one induction day. Again, classrooms have been altered to meet government guidelines and our risk assessments. Children are meeting staff in small groups this week so they can become familiar with new routines and feel comfortable with them. They will be in school for four days next week (beginning Monday 15th June)

Year 10:Fortnight commencing: 1st June:
● Form tutors will ring all year 10 students and their families and discuss reopening plans,
including the commute to and from school; we recommend walking, cycling or parents dropping
off
● Students will be emailed a day and time and instructions for a meeting in school with their form
tutor
W/C 15th June: (uniform not required)
● Students will return to school (one house per day) for a morning to meet with their form tutor for
a welfare meeting and also to review their remote learning and plan for their return to school for
one day per week for core lessons
W/C 22nd June onwards: (uniform required)
● Students will attend school for one day per week (the same day every week) with a staggered
start time (8.30-9.10am) and finish time (2.10- 2.50pm), staggered break and lunch. All students
will be placed in a small group (@10 students) and will remain with this same group in the same
classroom and will receive four one-hour lessons of English, Maths, Science and History /
Geography from specialist teachers
Year 12:
● All families and students have already received phone calls from Mr. Rimington and Ms. Tinsley
who really appreciate your positive support
● All students will come into school week beginning
8th June for a welfare meeting with Mr. Rimington
and Ms. Tinsley; times have been shared
already. Students will receive their timetable in this
meeting
● From 15th June all students will receive a weekly two-hour lesson (2-4pm) in all of their subjects
(Monday – Option A, Tuesday – Option B etc) – we are proud that our staff have made this
commitment to provide a weekly face-to-face lesson for every student


3. Reception and Nursery children
Having accepted increased numbers of Key Worker children and high numbers of Year 6 and Year 1 children, we are unfortunately not able to offer any provision for Reception or Nursery children at this stage. We are very disappointed about this as we had hoped to support all families of eligible children. However, the government guidelines for class size and social distancing mean that we will not have the space or staffing levels currently to support further year groups on site. We will continue to monitor the situation and if government guidelines change, we will respond and look to meet any new expectations.


4. Children learning at home
We continue to support all children who are undertaking home learning, whatever year group. Please do let us know if you need additional support with this.


5. Covid-19 testing
We will be following government and local guidelines on what to do if a child or member of staff tests positive. This will involve all children and staff from the same class ‘bubble’ to remain at home to self-isolate for 14 days. In addition, as we want to maintain a fully open and honest dialogue with you, we intend to inform you if someone has been tested and is awaiting results. Whilst they may, of course, be negative, we feel strongly you will want to know and it will also give you some advance warning that your child might be asked to stay at home in a day or so should the test be positive. Of course, if the government meets its ambition to return all tests within 24 hours, this will be less of a problem, but in the meantime, we think you will want to know if someone who has been symptomatic has been in a group with your child.

If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable, or living with someone who is in this group, they should
not come back to school and should continue home learning. We will continue to support them with
remote learning. If your child is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), you
should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. Please refer to
government guidance for further details of these groups.


In these difficult and worrying times I would like once again to pay tribute to all of our staff across the Brigshaw Learning Partnership. Their dedication, creativity, compassion and generosity of spirit have embodied the values we stand for as a trust.

Wishing you and your families health and well-being in the weeks ahead.

Cath Lennon
Chief Education Officer

Please click here to view BLP Risk assessment for wider opening

COVID-19: Guidance for Education Settings


The Department for Education have set up a helpline that is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents, carers and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Finally, the best way to tackle the challenge posed by Coronavirus is by following Public Health England’s advice, for example on hand washing, and reducing the impact and spread of misinformation by relying on information from trusted sources, such as that on www.nhs.uk and www.gov.uk.

Useful Links:

Government guidance: school reopenings; pupil wellbeing, exams and assessments and supporting learning during coronavirus

Closure of Educational Settings: Information for parents and carers

Government guidance for households with coronavirus infection

NHS coronavirus advice

Government guidance: testing; work and financial support; key workers and protecting yourself