Answers to some FAQ's you may have regarding the re-opening of our Academy.
Can my child return to school?
From Monday 1st June, we will be inviting children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return with a staggered return. We will also continue to provide limited childcare to the children of key workers and other eligible children.
What if my child is eligible but has siblings who are not?
We are only able to welcome back children in the above groups. This does not include siblings in different year groups unless those siblings are in a priority group, for example, the children of key workers.
If my child is eligible, is it compulsory for them to attend school?
The Government strongly encourages children in the eligible year groups and priority groups (such as children of key workers) to attend, as requested, unless they are self-isolating or there are other reasons for absence (such as shielding due to health conditions).
Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.
Do all children eligible for childcare who are not currently attending have to go back to school?
The Academy remains open for all those children who are eligible for childcare, in every year group, and attendance is strongly encouraged.
Should I keep my child at home if they have an underlying health condition or live with someone in a clinically vulnerable group?
· Children and young people who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should continue to shield and are not expected to attend.
· Clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. A minority of children will fall into this category, and parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category.
· Children who live in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to and the child or young person is able to understand and follow those instructions.
· Children and young people who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not extremely clinically vulnerable) as defined in the social distancing guidance and including those who are pregnant, can attend.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus at the Academy?
If a child or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. We need you to ensure that your child can be collected as soon as possible. Those they live with should also self-isolate for 14 days. As you know, tests are available for anyone who displays symptoms.
Where the child or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class/group will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The other household members of that wider class do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.
As we are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, that reduces the risk of transmission, closure of the whole Academy will not generally be necessary.