5TH JANUARY 2021 - OPENING OF TRUST SETTINGS
Visitors to our website are invited to download the following letter to our Parents and Carers:
Further to the announcement on 4th January 2021, we do understand and appreciate that many of our families are seeking further information regarding the safe opening of our Trust schools and college.
At present, the Government guidelines are that schools and colleges are open to vulnerable learners and dependents of critical workers only.
We do need to ensure that the opening of any of our settings is safe for both learners and staff; this requires a considerable amount of careful planning, supported by appropriate resources. With this in mind, together with the most recent Government statement, families are advised that our schools currently remain closed to all children, except those who have been allocated a place in agreement with the school. In order for families to be able to plan accordingly, this will remain the Trust policy until the Government guidance is updated; this is likely to be after the Spring half-term break in February.
We recognise that a prolonged period of 'remote learning' may be very difficult for a number of our children, their families and our staff. Many are eager to return to school and their families are keen to return to their own place of work. Unfortunately however, it is not yet safe to open our schools beyond the arrangements currently in place. Therefore our school teams will continue to work hard with supporting a blend of classroom and remote learning and they of course remain available should you need to get in touch.
When have further guidance, we will make this available to you. In the meantime, we would like to assure all of our families and staff that safety remains our priority and therefore thank you for your continued support.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Trustees and Senior Leaders are continually working together to safeguard all our learners and staff. Learners are able to access the Trust schools and college on the basis of the risk assessments that have been carried out for each setting. These remain 'live', are continually updated as required, and families are encouraged to contact their relevant provision to confirm local policy.
We are keen to ensure that the Health and Safety of all staff and learners is protected and have therefore risk assessed the safe capacity of all our buildings, putting in place suitable measures to protect all. In doing so, we have identified some practises that may be deemed unsuitable in the current climate and have discontinued these. However, we are seeking to continually improve our safeguarding arrangements and therefore, if colleagues or families are concerned about any adopted practises, the Senior Leader on site is to be immediately alerted.
The Trust continues to follow all of the most up to date Government guidance for Education providers. In doing so, please be assured that the entire Trust team is absolutely committed to supporting all of our learners and their families during this difficult time.
DIGITAL DEVICES SCHEME - SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION
We understand that many of our families will have heard recent reports regarding the extension of the scheme for digital devices (funded by the Department for Education) to support our pupils with remote learning. Please refer to the latest Government guidance in relation to this, it will provide helpful information regarding the sourcing and allocation of such devices.