5 June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to give you more detail following a notification from Lancashire County Council.
On the 5th June I wrote to you to inform you that:
Schools guidance on reopening for more pupils.
Last week Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, our Director of Public Health, advised that schools and other early years settings that it was not yet safe in Lancashire to reopen to more children from Monday 1 June.
Dr Karunanithi will review his advice on Monday 8 June, and if it changes, schools will be encouraged to take the decision to reopen to more pupils from 15 June. If the advice does not change, the guidance will be reviewed again on 15 June.
The latest announcement states that:
Message from Edwina Grant OBE
Executive Director Education and Children’s Services
I am writing to let you know that our Director of Public Health has reviewed his guidance that schools should not welcome more pupils and has determined that it should not change.
That means Dr Sakthi Karunanithi is advising that you should continue to delay reopening to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils… It is still the case that he believes two of the five government tests are not being met in the county.
Therefore, Spring Hill School will continue to delay our wider re-opening, for Year 1, Year 6 and Reception pupils, unless they are pupils of key workers or our vulnerable pupils.
We will, of course continue to fully review our risk assessments daily and keep you informed of the situation via our website, by phone and by text message.
We will also continue to provide online learning resources for pupils at home.
Please watch the ‘tour of school’ videos which will be available next week on our website. This will provide you with a view of what school will look like for children when we can welcome them back. It will also provide guidance on our one-way system, what to do if you have an office query and information about lunchtime arrangements including what to do if your child is eligible for a free school meal.
We will continue to keep you updated with any developments as relevant. This is an ever-changing situation and I thank you all for your understanding and support. Whilst we are disappointed not to welcome ‘bubbles’ back on the planned dates, it is vital that we place the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our school community as our highest priority. If you have any questions or concerns please do contact us in school via phone/email/etc.
Mrs H Jones (Deputy Headteacher) Dr Nadia Shah (Chair of Governors)