Bliss Charity

Phased Re-opening

Phased Re-opening - June 2020

The purpose of this page is to provide families with information about how we plan to re-open to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1st June 2020, whilst still supporting home learning for those not in school and continuing to provide care for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers.

In the side bar, please find the following documents:

  • Letter from the Headteacher (18-05-20)
  • Phased Re-opening Information Booklet (18-05-20)
  • Re-opening Risk Assessment (18-05-20)
  • A range of checklists to help staff facilitate the DfE’s protection and control measures.

Disclaimer

Families need to be aware that our plans are subject to change and it is very important that parents/carers make employers aware of this fact if they will be relying on the school to enable them to return to work. The Government says that its decision to re-open schools from 1st June is conditional on the scientific advice they take nearer the proposed re-opening date – at the time of writing, it is believed this will happen towards the end of the half term week (23/05/20 – 31/05/20).

Also, there could be changes that we need to make to our plans following further guidance from the DfE – the Department’s advice is being updated frequently and we are doing our very best to keep up with it. In addition, our plans are subject to our own staffing availability now and in the near future. Therefore, whilst the plans outlined in this booklet are correct at the time of writing, it is possible things will change.

Risk assessment

For transparency, a copy of our risk assessment is provided. However, it must be recognised that – whilst this is a very detailed and comprehensive document – our risk assessment is ‘on-going’ and operational changes will made before (and after) re-opening on 1st June so that it reflects the best possible practice in education settings. It is anticipated that any changes to our risk assessment from now on will affect the finer details of the plan rather that the broad, strategic structure.

Further information

Our plans for re-opening are (at the time of writing) fully compliant with the latest DfE requirements – it is really important that ALL parents/carers read the WHOLE of the Phased Re-opening Information Booklet (18-05-20) very carefully.

Should further information be required, please refer to the Government guidance that has been used to formulate these plans. In our planning, we have used the following Government guidance and parents/carers can read this to help them understand what we are being asked to do:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/opening-schools-for-more-children-and-young-people-initial-planning-framework-for-schools-in-england

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care-settings-including-the-use-of-personal-protective-equipment-ppe

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

These documents are being updated on a regular basis and school leaders will continue to respond to amendments and updates as they are provided. It is also possible that the DfE will issue new guidance in addition to the resources listed above. If this is the case, these will be used to shape our plans too.