Update on Phased re-opening June 22nd

Update on phased re-opening at Rivacre Valley Primary School

Plan to widen our offer to eligible year groups from Monday 22nd June

Firstly, we would like to offer our thanks to you all for the support you have shown regarding the delayed reopening of the school.

Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority wrote to schools yesterday (11/6/20) stating:

“We recognise that the wider local and sub-regional picture has caused some head teachers to be uncertain about the timing of their wider opening. A joint assessment by the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health has now been issued. It is their view that where head teachers have rightly paused to consider if they should expand the number of children coming back to their school, the Directors of Public Health would support their decision to now progress plans for a phased return of children if they deem it safe to do so.”

“Primary schools should continue to encourage vulnerable children and children with an EHCP to attend alongside offering provision for children of key workers where this is required.”

“We consider that all primary schools should seek to welcome back Reception, Y1 and Y6 children by 22 June.”

We recognise the disruption and challenges the partial closure of schools has caused you, however, safety has always been our priority and the health of your children, our staff and the school community as a whole, has remained our primary concern.

We believe that, based on the evidence shared by the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health, it is now safe to widen our offer to eligible year groups from Monday 22nd June 2020 (Nursery 2, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6). However, I can not provide guarantees.

The safety of all is dependent on a number of factors such as

  • adherence to strict health and safety arrangements
  • social distancing
  • our containment arrangements, such as bubbles of staff and children working together

The phased approach of only widening our offer to eligible year groups will allow more time for the virus level to fall further within the community before larger numbers of children return to school.

I hope you will agree that we have made the right decisions at the right time based on the evidence we have been given. These continue to be challenging times, with much stress and anxiety, but we will ensure our best endeavours in moving forward safely for all.

Take care and stay safe,

Kate Docherty             Kate Hubbard

Headteacher               Chair of the Governing Board

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