Update on Government plans to re-open schools from Lynsey Holzer, CEO, Evolution Academy Trust
Friday 15th May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are writing today to provide you with an update in our work in preparation for opening our schools to more children.
The Government, as you may be aware, have asked that we begin to plan for the reintroduction of provision for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children. We take the safety of our children and staff very seriously and we will not compromise on our high standards of safety and care.
We have spent the week following the government’s announcement working closely as a team with our Health and Safety and Property Advisors to look very carefully at the guidance which has been issued and start to form a plan for the return of pupils. This plan is being carefully risk assessed to ensure that as a Trust, we not only follow the Government and Local Authority basic guidelines, but go beyond them.
We have set out our guidelines which we will be following as a Trust in the form of FAQs. These are subject to change depending on further government advice but we wanted you to be aware of our planning at this time to enable you to have as much information as possible.
Our next steps will be to contact parents of the individual year groups early next week to ask whether you intend to send your child to school to access the provision we are providing and also to give you further detailed information on: start and finish times, details of the provision for your child and communications we will make with your child and family to help reassure the transition back to school.
Over the next week our Trustee Board will continue to meet as a specialist COVID group, and the Local Governing Boards will also have overview of our planning. Only when the Headteacher, Trustees and Central Team of Health and Safety Experts and Property Team have signed-off on individual plans will schools be given the go ahead to start their provision. The team of school and Trust will continue to monitor standards of health and safety at every school throughout this period.
In this period of national uncertainty, we cannot foresee what course the COVID outbreak will take but we can be certain that as schools within our Trust, we have made every effort to put into place in our schools the most stringent and considered safeguards that we can to protect children and staff.
Your views are important - Please read through the attached FAQs and if you have any questions of queries, we want to hear them. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Newman Lynsey Holzer
Head of School CEO
Bignold Primary School & Nurseries Evolution Academy Trust