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Monday 8th June 2020 - Letter from Headteacher

8 June 2020 (by admin)

Monday 8th June 2020 - Update from Headteacher

8th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I trust that all our families are safe and well and are beginning to see the signs of normality on the horizon. I hope the recent sunshine has enabled you to have lots of fun over the school holidays.

As it currently stands the Local Authority have maintained their position that the UK has not achieved the 5 tests to enable school to open to full year groups therefore, school remains open solely for key worker and designated children.

Currently, the first two tests have been met: the NHS is able to cope and the death rate is
coming down. The Council’s view regarding the remaining three tests is as follows.
The third test is ‘we need reliable data that shows the rate of infection is decreasing to
manageable levels’.
Test four is ‘we need to be confident that testing capacity and PPE is being managed, with supply able to meet, not just todays demand, but future demand’.
Test five is ‘and perhaps most crucially, we need to be confident that any changes we do
make will not risk a second peak of infections’.

The Council have advised us that:

We have carefully considered the latest evidence and there is no change to the Council’s
advice to schools in respect of wider opening.

Our school Academy Trust Board are continuing to support a wider reopening of St Malachy’s when it is safe to do so.  

We currently have plans for some children to attend school from 8th June. These are children of keyworkers and other designated children.
This large group of children already indicates that in the event of being advised that wider opening was safe, we may not necessarily be able to accommodate this here at St Malachy’s considering our staffing and spatial capacity and health and safety risk assessment. The social distancing measures we need to have in place to keep children and staff safe are very restrictive and we cannot fit more than 11 children in each classroom.
Whilst we would love to welcome back the children of St Malachy’s, we can only look to do this if deemed safe. Rest assured we are planning in the hope of making this happen.
Home Learning will continue to be sent home for children who are unable to return to school.
Keep safe and best wishes.

Please send our love to all the St Malachy’s children.

God Bless,

Mrs Lomas