Thursday 21st May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Enclosed is a letter from Sal Tariq, Director of Children’s Services at Leeds City Council. We hope that you will understand from it the amount of work that is going on in schools as we support children of Key Workers, provide online educational activities and now prepare for the possible wider opening of schools from June.
It is a complex matter balancing the Government’s wish for schools to take more children with the safety of staff, pupils and the wider community and we are doing this in conjunction with Leeds City Council, Governors and Staff.
We still do not know if the country will have met the Government’s 5 tests by June 1st. We believe that this will be announced in the next ten days. This plan is therefore subject to change.
Thank you everyone who replied to my letter in Years 1,6 and Reception indicating whether they would be attending if we opened. We have based this plan on the numbers of children who have booked their place.
If a child or a member of your household starts to display symptoms of the virus, you must let us know immediately and access a test. Your child cannot return until the results of the test are known. If it is positive your child will need to isolate for 14 days. We will notify staff and the parents of other children in the bubble and instruct them to isolate for 14 days if we are notified of a positive test.
I realise that these arrangements may not suit everyone, but please be assured that I am trying to balance the needs of families with the safety of our whole community. I do believe it is asking a lot of us, but we are stepping up to the responsibility in a measured, reasoned way. The plan will be constantly under review and there may be many “tweaks” before it is running smoothly but I can’t and won’t commit until we have the full reassurances that it is safe to do so.
Thank you once again for your patience and support. Ten years a Head Teacher at Deighton Gates and every day is still full of new challenges and surprises! Highlights from this week have been seeing two new Reception cyclists, receiving the most amazing carrot cake (which I have shared- honest!) and the wonderful pictures of our children being posted on the gates. It makes me very proud to work here.
Claire Harrison Head Teacher
Simon Cavell Chair of Governors