The Prime Minister’s announcement on May 10th leaves advice for schools essentially unchanged. There is no firm date for school re-opening and the Department for Education’s position remains that parents should keep their children at home where possible. We are waiting for further guidance about what the government policy means for special schools and for our school.
At present, schools are expected to offer care only for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children whose needs cannot be safely met at home and so Whitefield Schools has contacted parents to offer childcare to a strictly limited group of children of key workers and those most at risk. Places were offered using guidance from the Department for Education on how to assess each child’s needs and whether these needs can be safely met on site – we are not running a normal school day.
In order to reduce the risk of infection we will work within clear and strong hygiene policies which meet (and in fact will go over and above) local and national guidance. Staff will wear basic PPE.
We will continue to support learning at home for all children who are not in school. I know that parents have found it helpful to speak to their children’s teachers and this contact will continue. Teachers will also support you with the resources you need.
We are aware that the Frees School Meals vouchers which we ordered from Edenred have still not arrived. We have found an alternative company who are much more efficient and whose vouchers were delivered in good time. We will be using this company in future and will let you know when to expect the next set of vouchers.
I hope that it will not be too long before the country begins a return to normal times. We know that children will be missing school as are the staff.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact school for help or support. The first point of contact is Gill and Lesley, our wonderful Family Support Team, on the usual numbers:
- Lesley Middleton – 07871 780 023
- Gill Wadeson – 07871 735 358
Best wishes and keep safe
Laura Pease, Whitefield Schools Principal
Elaine Colquhoun, Whitefield Academy Trust CEO