You will already know that the government has suggested that schools may be able to start wider opening (opening to more pupils) on or after the 1st June. This would be for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 only. They have stated that this will only happen if the five key tests set by government justify the changes at the time, including that the rate of infection is decreasing and the enabling programmes set out in the Roadmap are operating effectively.
The government has stated it will give schools 48 hours’ notice of whether the wider opening will happen. The Department for Education and the local authority (Birmingham City Council) have given schools huge amounts of instructions, guidance and risk assessments to complete before schools can welcome back these year groups.
At Yardley, we have started preparations in line with all the guidance and we have had an online meeting with the school’s governing board. It is absolutely imperative that we ensure that we make the site safe and introduce all the many changes required before pupils return.
Yardley Primary School will not reopen to pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 until 8th June at the earliest. School will not be able to make all the necessary safety changes on site before this date. We will provide you with regular updates throughout the coming weeks and we will also provide links to guidance for parents and carers. School will be very different from ‘normal’ and school staff, pupils and parents will have to adhere to very different routines and rules.
Please remember that although the government guidance states that pupils are ‘strongly encouraged’ to attend school, this is not the same as attendance being mandatory. The Department for Education has been clear that parents will not be fined if pupils do not attend school. This is a decision for families to take and we will fully respect your decision. Our current home learning lessons taking place daily on Twitter will continue, and our Time Away From School website will still be updated, even when school partially reopens.
The provision that school has been giving to parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response (key workers) and those who are vulnerable, WILL REMAIN THE SAME throughout these changes. Parents that believe they qualify as a key worker and would like a pupil place, click here for further information.
We thank you for your patience and support during this time. We are looking forward to welcoming additional pupils back to school more than you can imagine!