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Clevedon Learning Trust

Clevedon Learning Trust

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information 

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Board update on decision to the proposed wider

of Trust Schools from 1st June 2020

As you will be aware and appreciate, the current situation has been, and remains under continual review.

Lots of work has been done to ensure internal readiness: Risk Assessments and Action Plans have been finalised to ensure every school has reached a situation of operational readiness to wider opening, as indicated by the Prime Minister, from 1st June. The Trust Board reviewed in detail, at their Board Meeting on 29th May, all internal documentation to reassure themselves that all necessary steps had been taken.

External factors, have also been considered both from other local Multi Academy Trusts, Local Authorities and data from recognised professional bodies, and these have influenced the Board’s decision.

As you are aware CLT has 2 defined clusters, Clevedon and Bridgwater and the Board confirmed their decisions separately as follows:

Clevedon:
The Board decided to delay wider opening of schools within the Clevedon cluster, to 8th June at the earliest. The decision was based on Laboratory Confirmed Case by Lower Tier Local Authority Data, which shows that the rate of infection is not showing the same decline in North Somerset, as in other areas. Information from other Multi Academy Trusts was also considered. This decision will be under continual review. Provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue; likewise the provision of home learning resources.

Bridgwater:
The decision based on the same data, and information from other Multi Academy Trusts, the Board decided that the that wider of opening of schools in Bridgwater cluster can go ahead as planned from 1st June. This decision will be under daily review. Provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue; likewise the provision of home learning resources.

The Board plan to meet on Thursday 4th June to review any updated information and any changes to their decision will be communicated immediately after this.

        

 

J.D.Wells                                           A.Christopher

CEO                                                     Chair of Trust Board

Actions needed from parents and carers with children attending a CLT school 

  • Continue to follow and act on all communications from your child’s school.  You can find links to our school websites here.
  • Click here to read the Government issued guidance on school closures.
  • Continue to follow handwashing and other hygiene measures to help prevent/slow the spread of COVID-19. Click here for more information.
  • Look after your family's mental wellbeing.  Click here for Government issued advice.
  • Follow the Government's Stay at Home and Social Distancing advice.

Updates on the partial closure of CLT schools

  • At this current time, schools in the CLT are open only for those children who are considered vulnerable, and for those who have a parent that is a critical worker.
  • Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
  • Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below.
    • Health and social care
    • Education and childcare
    • Key public services
    • Local and national government
    • Food and other necessary goods
    • Public safety and national security
    • Transport
    • Utilities, communication and financial services
  • Our schools will only be able to provide this service whilst they have sufficient staff to operate safely. Should a school find that they do not have enough staff, due to illness and self-isolation, then they will be forced to close until such a time that they have staff available to safely provide educational provision. Should a school need to close, the Clevedon Learning Trust will work with them to signpost parents to alternative provision. 

Updates on the phased return of children and young people to schools

  • The Government has requested that all schools and nurseries start preparing for a phased return of children and young people.
  • The return will happen week commencing 1st June, provided the five key tests set up by Government allow it.
  • Initially primary schools have been asked to welcome back children in nursery (where they have them), Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
  • Secondary schools, sixth form, and further education colleges have been asked to begin some face to face support with Year 10 and 12 pupils, although these pupils are not expected to return on a full-time basis at this stage.
  • All schools will continue to offer places to the priority groups – vulnerable children and children of critical workers – they have been supporting since the end of March.
  • Full details of the Government’s proposal can be found here.
  • All our schools are already planning for such a phased return and are considering all the factors that will need to be in place for this to be successful.
  • Our priority continues to be the safety of all children and staff.
  • John Wells, CEO of the Clevedon Learning Trust, has written to all parents. You can read the letter here.  

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