Update on Phased re-opening 8th June

Phased re-opening update (6th June 2020):

Rivacre Valley Primary School will not re-open to children from eligible year groups (Nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6) on Monday 8th June 2020


As part of national social distancing measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), schools have had to limit the numbers of children attending, to ensure that pupils and staff attending could do so safely.

As previously published, the wider re-opening of schools would begin when the Governments 5 tests had been met.

Test 1: Protect the NHS’s ability to cope.

Test 2: See a sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rates from COVID-19.

Test 3: The rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels.

Test 4: The range of operational challenges, including testing capacity an PPE are in hand.

Test 5: Any adjustments to the current measures will not risk a second peak of infection.

On Friday 5th June the rate of transmission in the north west was published. This was 1.01. An R level above 1 is the point at which the epidemic will begin to grow.

We also know that the test and trace system still requires improvement so at present is not fit for purpose.

Commenting on the latest position, the Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council Louise Gittins said: “Cheshire West has taken a cautious approach to the ending of the “stay at home” message. In my view the government’s approach to releasing the lockdown has been premature, and the new messages confused and contradictory. This approach is supported by the latest assessment of the reproduction rate for the North West region.”

In light of the above, the wider re-opening of schools to eligible year groups (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6) is not yet safe to do.  Cheshire West and Chester supports this action.

Rivacre Valley Primary School will not be open to children in the eligible year groups (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and year 6) on Monday 8th June. As soon as we receive information that demonstrates that it is safe to expand our offer to more children we will do so. The children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue to be supported by school.

We appreciate the disruption and challenges this will cause to your plans, however, safety has always been our priority and the health of your children, our staff and the school community as a whole, has to be our primary concern.

Take care and stay safe,

Kate Docherty             Kate Hubbard

Headteacher               Chair of the Governing Board

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