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  1. Published on: 20/05/2020 03:19 PMReported by: roving-eye
    Dear Parent/Carer

    We sincerely hope this letter finds you and your family well at a time that is uniquely challenging and, as often said, unprecedented.

    As members of the Southport Learning Partnership we are writing to update you on the Government’s recent announcement and conditional plans for schools opening to more children and young people from early June.


    The debate surrounding schools opening their doors to a wider group of pupils continues to have a national focus and we recognise that it raises anxiety, concerns and questions for both the profession and parents. Whilst the national debate continues, the challenge of getting our schools open at some point still remains. We are writing to you as a Southport collaborative to outline our current view on how we can do this in the safest way possible.


    As you are aware, since 23rd March our schools have remained open only to children of critical workers and vulnerable children. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May, schools have been asked to open for children and young people in specific year groups from 1st June. The Government has asked all primary schools to open for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and for nurseries to open too.

    Secondary schools, sixth forms and further education colleges have been asked to begin some face-to- face support with Year 10 and Year 12 pupils, although it is not expected that these pupils will return on a full-time basis at this stage.

    Our special schools are being asked to continue to prioritise the most vulnerable pupils and those of key workers, as they have already been doing up until now. They have also been asked to consider the possibility of offering additional pupils places as and when these can be safely catered for in their individual settings.

    The Government’s position is backed by current scientific confidence that children of all ages have less severe symptoms than adults if they contract Coronavirus. Furthermore, their belief is that transmission rates from children to adults is limited. Although widely debated, their ‘roadmap principle’ is that we should limit the numbers of children going back to schools and colleges initially, then gradually increase numbers, as guided by scientific advice.

    It is thought that this will reduce the risk of increasing the rate of transmission. With this advice central to the Government’s decision, last week the Department for Education provided very welcome guidance to school leaders on the steps they should take to increase the number of children and young people attending school. On this basis, leaders within every school in the Southport Learning Partnership have been working hard to develop carefully considered action plans.

    This has been a complex undertaking involving much consultation between school leaders, the Local Authority, Academy Leaders, governors, staff and parents to formulate a way forward. It must be appreciated that every school setting is unique. Our schools, the Local Authority and Academy Leaders are working together to ensure we recognise the need for consistency, but each school will have to respond to its own individual circumstances. With this in mind Southport schools are guided by the following principles:


    • We have and will continue to prioritise vulnerable learners and children of key workers.

    • 1st June is the earliest date and an ambition, not a mandatory start date. Most of our schools will not be able to begin the process of reopening until 15th June. Sefton Local Authority also supports this view.

    • In our planning, the health, safety and welfare of children and young people and our school staff is paramount. Detailed risk assessments will be undertaken by each school before opening to additional pupils. These assessments will directly address risks associated with Coronavirus so that sensible measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children and staff.

    • Schools will open only to the number of children they can safely accommodate, which might mean that not all Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 attend at the same time.

    • In order to allow as many children in the designated year groups to attend school, schools may offer places on a part-time basis or for a certain number of sessions/days per week.
    • In order to provide staff with the additional planning and preparation time needed, schools may shorten the length of the school week.

    • Schools will continue to provide learning resources for children in all year groups whether they are able to attend school or not.

    It is also important to recognise that some schools will have limited and varying numbers of staff available and your child may not necessarily have their regular classroom teacher and teaching assistants. Staff will be very conscious that routines and learning will be different and will be sensitive to the extra support some children will need. As part of the approach, our schools will also ensure the following measures are in place:

    • Carry out additional stringent cleaning every day so that when children leave, the spaces and resources they have used are thoroughly cleaned to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.

    • Ensure regular handwashing takes place throughout the day and on entry and exit.

    • Limit activities to use resources that can be cleaned easily and regularly.

    • Organise children into small classes/groups or ‘bubbles’ with the same adult/s.

    • Reorganise furniture within classrooms to encourage social distancing.

    • Stagger breaks and lunchtimes to prevent larger groups mixing.


    • Impose staggered times for adults to drop off and collect children so that there is minimal adult contact and the recommended two metre social distancing guidance can be followed.

    We would like to express our gratitude for your understanding and patience as this process has taken a great deal of time and careful consideration. Please be assured that as soon as headteachers are in a position to share their plans for opening with you, they will. We sincerely hope that the level of detail they provide will enable you to make an informed decision on whether you allow your child to return to school.

    Finally, in a world that is currently full of confusion, we want to reassure you that your child’s safety and wellbeing, as well as that of our staff and our families across the Southport community, is at the heart of our decision making. There have been lots of difficult decisions to make, which will not always please or be exactly right for everybody concerned, but we know you will continue to support our local schools and colleges, as well as each other in these incredibly challenging times.

    Kind regards.

    Neil Moore (Stanley High) – Chair Julian Ward (Larkfield Primary) Sandie Lineton (Kings Meadow) – Vice Chair Lisa Brown (Linaker Primary) Paul Hooton (Ainsdale St Johns) Kath Hall (Marshside Primary) Nick Sheeran (Birkdale Primary) Ian Parry (Meols Cop High)
    Gil Bourgade (Birkdale Primary) Peter Chadwick (Merefield School) Siobhan Bayliff (Bishop David Sheppard Primary) Lee Dumbell (Norwood Primary)
    Erin Wheeler (Christ the King High) Maureen Hillsdon (Our Lady of Lourdes) Belinda Taylor/Jinnie Payne (Churchtown Primary) Janet Allen (Peterhouse School)
    Suzanne Payne (Crossens Nursery) Tony Fay (Presfield High)

    Adrian Antell (Farnborough Road Juniors) Sarah Knipe (Shoreside Primary) Jennifer Taylor (Farnborough Road Infants) Phil Thompson (St John’s Crossens) Ian Raikes (Greenbank High) Gary Bevin (St Patrick’s Primary) Louise Morton (Holy Family Primary) Sandie Edward (St Philip’s Primary) Sue Mawdsley (Holy Trinity Primary) Kirsten Moon (St Terersa’s Primary) Christina Jackson (Kew Woods Primary)
     

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  3. muddyboots says:20/05/2020 03:32 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by roving-eye View Post
    Dear Parent/Carer

    We sincerely hope this letter finds you and your family well at a time that is uniquely challenging and, as often said, unprecedented.

    As members of the Southport Learning Partnership we are writing to update you on the Government’s recent announcement and conditional plans for schools opening to more children and young people from early June.


    The debate surrounding schools opening their doors to a wider group of pupils continues to have a national focus and we recognise that it raises anxiety, concerns and questions for both the profession and parents. Whilst the national debate continues, the challenge of getting our schools open at some point still remains. We are writing to you as a Southport collaborative to outline our current view on how we can do this in the safest way possible.


    As you are aware, since 23rd March our schools have remained open only to children of critical workers and vulnerable children. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May, schools have been asked to open for children and young people in specific year groups from 1st June. The Government has asked all primary schools to open for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and for nurseries to open too.

    Secondary schools, sixth forms and further education colleges have been asked to begin some face-to- face support with Year 10 and Year 12 pupils, although it is not expected that these pupils will return on a full-time basis at this stage.

    Our special schools are being asked to continue to prioritise the most vulnerable pupils and those of key workers, as they have already been doing up until now. They have also been asked to consider the possibility of offering additional pupils places as and when these can be safely catered for in their individual settings.

    The Government’s position is backed by current scientific confidence that children of all ages have less severe symptoms than adults if they contract Coronavirus. Furthermore, their belief is that transmission rates from children to adults is limited. Although widely debated, their ‘roadmap principle’ is that we should limit the numbers of children going back to schools and colleges initially, then gradually increase numbers, as guided by scientific advice.

    It is thought that this will reduce the risk of increasing the rate of transmission. With this advice central to the Government’s decision, last week the Department for Education provided very welcome guidance to school leaders on the steps they should take to increase the number of children and young people attending school. On this basis, leaders within every school in the Southport Learning Partnership have been working hard to develop carefully considered action plans.

    This has been a complex undertaking involving much consultation between school leaders, the Local Authority, Academy Leaders, governors, staff and parents to formulate a way forward. It must be appreciated that every school setting is unique. Our schools, the Local Authority and Academy Leaders are working together to ensure we recognise the need for consistency, but each school will have to respond to its own individual circumstances. With this in mind Southport schools are guided by the following principles:


    • We have and will continue to prioritise vulnerable learners and children of key workers.

    • 1st June is the earliest date and an ambition, not a mandatory start date. Most of our schools will not be able to begin the process of reopening until 15th June. Sefton Local Authority also supports this view.

    • In our planning, the health, safety and welfare of children and young people and our school staff is paramount. Detailed risk assessments will be undertaken by each school before opening to additional pupils. These assessments will directly address risks associated with Coronavirus so that sensible measures can be put in place to minimise those risks for children and staff.

    • Schools will open only to the number of children they can safely accommodate, which might mean that not all Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 attend at the same time.

    • In order to allow as many children in the designated year groups to attend school, schools may offer places on a part-time basis or for a certain number of sessions/days per week.
    • In order to provide staff with the additional planning and preparation time needed, schools may shorten the length of the school week.

    • Schools will continue to provide learning resources for children in all year groups whether they are able to attend school or not.

    It is also important to recognise that some schools will have limited and varying numbers of staff available and your child may not necessarily have their regular classroom teacher and teaching assistants. Staff will be very conscious that routines and learning will be different and will be sensitive to the extra support some children will need. As part of the approach, our schools will also ensure the following measures are in place:

    • Carry out additional stringent cleaning every day so that when children leave, the spaces and resources they have used are thoroughly cleaned to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.

    • Ensure regular handwashing takes place throughout the day and on entry and exit.

    • Limit activities to use resources that can be cleaned easily and regularly.

    • Organise children into small classes/groups or ‘bubbles’ with the same adult/s.

    • Reorganise furniture within classrooms to encourage social distancing.

    • Stagger breaks and lunchtimes to prevent larger groups mixing.


    • Impose staggered times for adults to drop off and collect children so that there is minimal adult contact and the recommended two metre social distancing guidance can be followed.

    We would like to express our gratitude for your understanding and patience as this process has taken a great deal of time and careful consideration. Please be assured that as soon as headteachers are in a position to share their plans for opening with you, they will. We sincerely hope that the level of detail they provide will enable you to make an informed decision on whether you allow your child to return to school.

    Finally, in a world that is currently full of confusion, we want to reassure you that your child’s safety and wellbeing, as well as that of our staff and our families across the Southport community, is at the heart of our decision making. There have been lots of difficult decisions to make, which will not always please or be exactly right for everybody concerned, but we know you will continue to support our local schools and colleges, as well as each other in these incredibly challenging times.

    Kind regards.

    Neil Moore (Stanley High) – Chair Julian Ward (Larkfield Primary) Sandie Lineton (Kings Meadow) – Vice Chair Lisa Brown (Linaker Primary) Paul Hooton (Ainsdale St Johns) Kath Hall (Marshside Primary) Nick Sheeran (Birkdale Primary) Ian Parry (Meols Cop High)
    Gil Bourgade (Birkdale Primary) Peter Chadwick (Merefield School) Siobhan Bayliff (Bishop David Sheppard Primary) Lee Dumbell (Norwood Primary)
    Erin Wheeler (Christ the King High) Maureen Hillsdon (Our Lady of Lourdes) Belinda Taylor/Jinnie Payne (Churchtown Primary) Janet Allen (Peterhouse School)
    Suzanne Payne (Crossens Nursery) Tony Fay (Presfield High)

    Adrian Antell (Farnborough Road Juniors) Sarah Knipe (Shoreside Primary) Jennifer Taylor (Farnborough Road Infants) Phil Thompson (St John’s Crossens) Ian Raikes (Greenbank High) Gary Bevin (St Patrick’s Primary) Louise Morton (Holy Family Primary) Sandie Edward (St Philip’s Primary) Sue Mawdsley (Holy Trinity Primary) Kirsten Moon (St Terersa’s Primary) Christina Jackson (Kew Woods Primary)
    grovelling rubbish.....if supermarket workers, delivery drivers, etc can work so can teachers....if you cant then resign....you are not fragile princeses...do the job you are paid for like everyone else

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  5. donkey22 says:20/05/2020 04:14 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by muddyboots View Post
    grovelling rubbish.....if supermarket workers, delivery drivers, etc can work so can teachers....if you cant then resign....you are not fragile princeses...do the job you are paid for like everyone else
    I can only assume you’re either a little bit on the simple side, unable to read or just plain ignorant? Where in that letter does it state that teachers aren’t returning to school? If you’d been bothered to read the article it states that the 1st of June is not a mandatory date and the plan is to have as many as possible open in a safe manner within 15 days of that date.
    Maybe you do have a problem reading? With the school’s reopening, this could be a great opportunity for you to maybe address any of your own educational shortcomings.
    Here’s a good starter for you-
    New sentences start with a capital letter.
    You only need to use the one full stop at the end of a sentence.
    There are 3 S’s in the word princesses.
    Last edited by donkey22; 20/05/2020 at 04:41 PM.

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  7. muddyboots says:20/05/2020 04:57 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by donkey22 View Post
    I can only assume you’re either a little bit on the simple side, unable to read or just plain ignorant? Where in that letter does it state that teachers aren’t returning to school? If you’d been bothered to read the article it states that the 1st of June is not a mandatory date and the plan is to have as many as possible open in a safe manner within 15 days of that date.
    Maybe you do have a problem reading? With the school’s reopening, this could be a great opportunity for you to maybe address any of your own educational shortcomings.
    Here’s a good starter for you-
    New sentences start with a capital letter.
    You only need to use the one full stop at the end of a sentence.
    There are 3 S’s in the word princesses.
    thankyou for your advice ....i was sadly let down by the poor teaching regime in the 70s....they were all more intersted in a certain drug.....than actually teaching..a bit like today i guess...but unlike teachers... the real workers supporting us and supplying us with food and goods etc have never stopped..they are not hiding behind pathetic excuses like dates and deadlines....teachers are scivers pure and simple...

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  9. donkey22 says:20/05/2020 09:23 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by muddyboots View Post
    thankyou for your advice ....i was sadly let down by the poor teaching regime in the 70s....they were all more intersted in a certain drug.....than actually teaching..a bit like today i guess...but unlike teachers... the real workers supporting us and supplying us with food and goods etc have never stopped..they are not hiding behind pathetic excuses like dates and deadlines....teachers are scivers pure and simple...
    Oh dear what a shame. Poorly educated by your pot head teachers and seemingly you also missed out on ‘how to be a nice person’ lessons too! How unfortunate.
    Loser.
    Edit- Also consider having a joint yourself, might chill you out a wee bit.
    Last edited by donkey22; 20/05/2020 at 10:29 PM.

  10. Starling says:21/05/2020 11:10 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by donkey22 View Post
    I can only assume you’re either a little bit on the simple side, unable to read or just plain ignorant? Where in that letter does it state that teachers aren’t returning to school? If you’d been bothered to read the article it states that the 1st of June is not a mandatory date and the plan is to have as many as possible open in a safe manner within 15 days of that date.
    Maybe you do have a problem reading? With the school’s reopening, this could be a great opportunity for you to maybe address any of your own educational shortcomings.
    Here’s a good starter for you-
    New sentences start with a capital letter.
    You only need to use the one full stop at the end of a sentence.

    There are 3 S’s in the word princesses.
    Check out the grammatical use of ellipses. OK, the poster has gone OTT with the number of dots used as there's only supposed to be 3, but nonetheless your criticism of that particular aspect of his post is unnecessary.

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  12. salus.populi says:21/05/2020 11:25 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by muddyboots View Post
    ..teachers are scivers pure and simple...
    Teachers have continued to work since the schools closed. Setting and marking work remotely.

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  14. donkey22 says:21/05/2020 01:11 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Starling View Post
    Check out the grammatical use of ellipses. OK, the poster has gone OTT with the number of dots used as there's only supposed to be 3, but nonetheless your criticism of that particular aspect of his post is unnecessary.
    And you seriously think this dullard knows what an ellipses is? Even giving him the benefit of any doubt, it’s still being used incorrectly. Where is the quoted Passage?

    An ellipsis (plural: ellipses) is a punctuation mark consisting of three dots. Use an ellipsis when omitting a word, phrase, line, paragraph, or more from a quoted passage. Ellipses save space or remove material that is less relevant.
    https://www.grammarbook.com › ell...
    Ellipses | Punctuation Rules - Blue Book of Grammar

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  16. Sap33 says:21/05/2020 04:22 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by salus.populi View Post
    Teachers have continued to work since the schools closed. Setting and marking work remotely.
    Some have also been keeping the schools open for the children of frontline workers, so not just setting and marking!

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  18. gazaprop says:24/05/2020 08:41 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sap33 View Post
    Some have also been keeping the schools open for the children of frontline workers, so not just setting and marking!
    Yes they have, so why the big hoo haa about increasing the number of children attending school in a gradual and controlled manner?

    The answer is simple - the position taken by unions, and other members of the bitter left wing cabal, is cynically designed to wring the maximum political capital from the situation.

    Any dullards, (a term used liberally by a furum colleague), who believe otherwise are naive beyond comprehension.


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