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May 18, 2020

Q3 Academies’ Response to Sandwell Advice on Reopening

Thank you for your support during this period of lockdown, and in particular for the many positive messages received about the work of our staff across the three academies. I pay tribute to all of our staff who are providing quality distance learning resources while maintaining contact with you and your children. Our teams have also been working very hard to support children, including those of key workers who are continuing to come into the Academy. I am sure that you have been keeping a watchful eye on the developments surrounding the partial re-opening of schools and academies. There remain some concerns, yet to be addressed. However, I am sure you will agree that we need to start working together to resume a return to normality for all of our children. The government has announced a return for students in Years 10 and 12 on 1st June, but only on a limited basis through small group face-to-face meetings. The government will make the final decision about whether to continue with the reopening of schools and academies when it reviews the latest scientific evidence on 28th May, and if the evidence does not support the decision at that time, it will be delayed. Through our planning and risk assessments for each of our Academies, we have taken the decision to delay the return for Years 10 and 12 until Monday 8th June at the earliest. This will ensure that all health and safety measures are in place to minimise risk for...
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Sandwell Advice on Reopening

You will be aware from the news that the Government has announced the phased reopening for schools and academies from 1st June 2020. In Sandwell, we have been looking at how this will be achieved and have worked with our schools and academies to agree a common approach. Schools and academies have reviewed the requirements for social distancing, hygiene and cleaning required daily as well as organisational changes they may need to make to the academic day to open. 1st June is the start of a process for reopening and, initially, not all children will be able to start on a full-time basis. The number of children in a school or academy at any one time will be dictated by the size of the classrooms and the availability of staff. To maintain social distancing normal sized classrooms can only hold 6 – 10 children at a time. If your child is in Secondary school then the Government has requested that only those in Year 10 and Year 12 are invited individually or in small groups to begin face to face meetings with staff to assist them with their learning. Each school or academy will devise a rota for children to attend and will contact you to tell you when this will be. In the main, all children will continue to do most of their work from home. Primary schools have been asked by Government to open to a number of year groups, Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. However,...
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