To all parents and carers at Boudica Trust Schools,
All of us at Boudica Schools Trust are delighted to be able to say that our schools will be open to all pupils when term starts on Monday 7th September (with individual school arrangements for staggered starts where necessary).
The leadership teams at all ten of our schools have worked hard with the Trust central team to create safe learning environments for your children. Each school is so very different that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach however all will be closely following the Government’s “system of controls” so please be assured that there are detailed and rigorous plans in place for handwashing, hygiene, cleaning and use of shared spaces such as toilets. Each school will notify you of their specific controls. Risk assessments have been reviewed by the Trust Executive and signed off by the board.
Adults are at greater risk of serious illness if they catch the virus. For this reason we are advising staff to remain socially distanced from children as far as possible and where this is not possible we are supplying our staff with visors. You may also see staff wearing facemasks in school at times. All adults, including parents, must model best practice; please try not to congregate at school gates; if you are invited into the school building please wear a face covering as you would in a supermarket for example. As we have done throughout this crisis we are constantly listening to the latest guidance and will issue updates as necessary. At present, it is only our secondary school children who may be required to wear a mask at certain times and those schools will communicate this with their parents.
If your child has any symptoms of the virus or is generally unwell they must not attend school until you have received a negative test result. Tests are freely available and should be used if you are in any doubt. We will ask you to collect your child if they show any signs of illness in school - even if they have a cold they will be safer at home where they are not potentially exposed to the virus. If we have a confirmed case of the virus we will follow the advice of the local Public Health England office but it could result in groups of children being asked to self-isolate for fourteen days. It will not be necessary for other members of the family to self-isolate unless they also contract the virus. You will be informed and appropriate steps will be taken if this happens.
We are expecting all children to return to school and hope that you will be reassured that the school environment is being kept as safe as possible. However, there will be families in quarantine, who are isolating or who are not able to attend school for some reason. If this applies to you please keep in close contact with your school and talk about arrangements that can be made to keep remote learning going at home.
The Government have issued specific guidance for parents which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-pr oviders-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-t o-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term .
If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact your headteacher to arrange a conversation with them.
We would like to thank you for your patience and support over the challenging past 6 months and look forward to working with you as we establish the new normal for existing and new children in our schools.
Executive Director of Education
Boudica Schools Trust