21 May 2020
Thank you very much for your responses to the consultation in relation to your child/children returning to school. We are now in a position to share our action plan that has been devised in consultation with Governors and with reference to the Department for Education and Union guidance and our own risk assessments pertinent to Parkside’s situation.
It is our intention to focus the next phase of provision in school on returning primary phase pupils. We also plan to provide our school leavers (Year 11 and 12) with an opportunity for some transition out of the school.
We currently have four “Kingdoms” open in the school. We intend on opening a fifth Kingdom from 8 June 2020 and will contact those Primary parents whose children to whom we can offer a place. Unfortunately, our risk assessment shows that it is unsafe to offer all places requested by parents from the consultation. Online/remote learning will continue. Those pupils who are currently attending can continue to come to school. The new Kingdom will take the number of pupils on site to 38 from 25, including the additional Key Worker pupils.
We will contact parents of Year 11s after half term to discuss their leaving arrangements.
I have enclosed a copy of our latest action plan, written from our school Risk Assessment for your information. You will notice that we will be changing the school day times from Monday, 1 June, to finish 15 minutes earlier on Monday – Thursday to allow class teams to prepare resources for cleaning. We will finish at 12.30 pm on a Friday to allow for a more thorough clean of the school each week. If any Key Workers will find this difficult, please contact the school so that we can support you. Please also note that since we are asking parents to send their pupil in with fresh clothes each day, we will not expect pupils to wear school uniform at this time.
May I also request that families let the school know if a family member is showing symptoms or had a positive test, as we will need this information when reviewing our daily risk assessments.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
ROBERT HOLDERNESS CAROLYN ELLIS-GAGE (Mrs)
Head Teacher Head Teacher Designate