12/05/2020

Dear parents and carers,

Following Boris Johnson’s speech last Sunday, you may be aware that there has been new government guidance published regarding how schools should plan to move forward from 1st June 2020. The document published for parents and carers can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Documents for school staff can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

and:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

The guidance states: "From 1 June 2020, we expect that secondary schools and colleges will be able to offer some face to face contact with year 10 and year 12 pupils. This will not be a return to full timetables or pupils back in school or college full time, rather some support to supplement pupils’ remote education.”

At Chenderit, I shall be working with my Leadership Team and other colleagues to determine what we are able to offer safely for both students and staff that would add value to the remote learning packages already in place for students in these year groups. As soon as we have finalised our plans, I shall write to you again.

Unfortunately, having read the links above, it seems clear that we are unlikely to reopen the school for students in years 7-9 this academic year. Whilst in many ways this is regrettable, we must do everything in our power to ensure that everybody remains safe and well.

Should you be concerned about your child’s mental health and/or well-being, please contact your child’s tutor, Head of Learning, Mrs Jan Hooper (Safeguarding, student welfare and parent support manager - jhooper@chenderit.net ) or Mrs Allison Smith (Deputy safeguarding, student welfare and parent support manager - asmith@chenderit.net ).

Should you be concerned about your child’s learning and progress, please contact your child’s class teacher, the relevant Head of Department or Head of Learning. All contact details can be found at here

I shall write to you with an update in due course.

Jane Cartwright
Headteacher


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