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IMPORTANT - A delay to the expansion of opening. A message from Binks Neate-Evans

Dear Families

 

You will know we have been preparing and planning for the gradual re-opening of school for eligible groups (N, Reception, Y1 and Y6). Last week I wrote to you to explain we were awaiting a number of different aspects to ensure the safe expansion of places we can offer. For quick reference I have included the link to that information here:

 

https://www.bignoldprimaryschool.co.uk/news/detail/latest-news-on-school-plans-to-re-open-from-our-ex/

Latest news on school plans to re-open from our Executive Principal, Binks Neate-Evans | Bignold Primary School and Nursery

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Unfortunately, we are not yet in a position to open more widely as we are still waiting for safety materials, markings, barriers and other rigorous hygiene procedures to be completed.  This means during the week beginning June 1st the school will only be open to key worker and children who have been attending previously.

 

I am really sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience this will cause to you and your families if you were hoping to return. As I have said all the way along, I am not prepared to compromise longer-term safety for convenience. This decision has been made in partnership of Lynsey Holzer (CEO) and EAT trustees. School governors were aware that there was a very strong chance that we would not yet be safe to widen opening on June 1st and have been fully supportive of the approach we are taking. I hope you are able to ignore the media noise about 'lazy teachers' as I can assure you school staff have been very busy. 

 

I want to reassure you that we are working very hard in school and out to try and progress this so that myself, school leaders and EAT can review this later next week.  I hope you feel you have been kept informed and that you are able to understand the issues we are facing. Please tell the children we are still very much here for them and the staff are very keen to return to work too. I know so many of you enjoyed the video that staff sent home. We hope this conveys the will to maintain a strong sense of community. Online learning and 'keeping in touch' calls will continue next week.

 

I will reiterate, that we are at the earliest stages of phase two of the government's easing of lockdown. I urge our communities to remain hyper-vigilant as relaxing of measures will be interpreted very differently by individuals and groups. Whilst we hope the gradual re-opening doesn't cause further spikes, I do want to remind families that sudden and short term closures may be likely in all schools, particularly as Norfolk is a focus area for the 'track and trace' strategy.  This may mean groups in school are directed to self isolate whether symptomatic or not. I also think it is important that this is communicated to children so that they understand the actions of adults and feel empowered to minimise risk (as age appropriate).

 

Again, I am really sorry to not bring brighter news for potential returning children, and I hope you know that are actions are driven by the will to get it right for the children, staff and community.

 

Regards

 

Binks Neate-Evans 

Executive Principal 

Bignold Primary, Angel Road Junior and Angel Road Infant and Nursery schools, Norwich

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