Latest Parent Information
Latest Update - 16th June
We have reached an agreement that school will reopen to children in Rec , Y1 and Y6 from Monday 22nd June.
As I’m sure you will appreciate, a great deal of planning has gone into preparations for this to be possible. It’s important that everyone understands and can agree to our guidelines in order for this to be as safe as we can make it. We need to reassure children, parents and staff who have rigorously followed government guidelines on social distancing over the past 12 weeks, so there are many adjustments and guidelines, and school will be far from ‘normal’ for children and their parents.
Please bear this in mind if planning your own return to work based on the new arrangements.
Some of the requirements are:
Children will be in consistent bubbles of 10 or less, so may not be with their friends or staff who usually work with them.
There will be strict guidelines on dropping off and collecting children, and parents and children (including Y6) will be expected to follow these.
Government guidance is to give priority to Key Worker/Vulnerable children, if these numbers increase we may need to reduce other year groups coming in. Decisions about this will be made on Friday morning for the following Monday.
Please bear with us, over the next few days we will be sending messages out to let you know more details about arrangements for specific year groups including start and end times of the school day.
Parents who choose not to send children back due to concerns will not be penalised or fined.
We are really looking forward to seeing more of the children and are excited about school beginning the journey towards normality.
COVID19 latest update 15th June
Message from LCC
''Our Director of Public Health has revised his guidance about schools reopening to more pupils and we can now encourage you to take the decision to open more widely to pupils from 22 June if, having undertaken your risk assessment, you consider yourself ready to do so. Dr Sakthi Karunanithi had issued blanket guidance to schools to delay wider opening to more pupils, because his professional view was that two of the government's five coronavirus tests were not being met in the county. However, a reduction in the rate of confirmed coronavirus infections combined with our readiness to support the local implementation of the national NHS Test and Trace Programme means that enough progress has now been made to revise this advice. It is important to stress that the prevalence of coronavirus is still higher in Lancashire than elsewhere in the country so the room for manoeuvre is limited. The decision to welcome back more pupils to Lancashire's schools lies with head teachers, in consultation with your board of governors, taking into account your individual circumstances.''
COVID19 latest update 8th June
Message from LCC Director Education and Children’s Services
The Director of Public Health has reviewed his guidance that schools should not welcome more pupils and has determined that it should not change.
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi has advised that schools should continue to delay reopening to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. It is still the case that he believes two of the five government tests are not being met in the county.
Although the number of new cases has decreased, Lancashire and the North West has a high number of cases compared to many other regions in the country.
Similarly, although the weekly death count in Lancashire is showing a downward trend, a consistent decline is not being seen in all areas, and in recent weeks we have seen an increase. It has also been widely reported that the R value for the North West is above 1. Locally, all partners are working closely in the development of our local response to support Test and Trace.
Although some progress has been made, more work needs to be done to properly embed local expertise into the national NHS Test and Trace system.
Lancashire people have worked so hard throughout the pandemic in keeping the virus at bay. With various national lock down measures lifting, we need to remain vigilant in following social distancing rules to help prevent the infection spreading.
This advice will be reviewed again next Monday, and if it changes, schools will be encouraged to reopen to more pupils from 22 June if deemed safe to do so.