We are looking forward to a full return to school in September for all pupils.
The first half term will be all about reconnecting children with their schools and the return to a more structured education environment. Every child has missed learning and missed their friends and we want to reassure parents and carers that both pastoral and academic considerations will be of utmost importance. We will provide quality support for everyone. There will remain a focus on hygiene and ‘bubble’ groups will be organised to help minimise risks.
We will be implementing a system of controls to prevent infection alongside the need to provide a broad and ambitious curriculum.
Government guidance also recommends what we have been steadily implementing anyway, in terms of bolstering the use of IT and remote learning. Therefore should a child not be in school, for whatever reason, remote learning will help bridge the gap. Much effort is being put into ways this can be effected quickly, as necessary.
Parents and carers always have a key role to play in working collaboratively alongside the school and developing these relationships will be increasingly important from September. We want to work with you and your child to alleviate any concerns and provide reassurance where we can. A love of learning is an attitude of mind we really want to instil into children and young people, which will serve them well throughout their lives.
You can also help your school community by not sending your child to school if they, or any members of your household, are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.
We are aware this continues to be a very challenging time for many people. Regrettably, despite our best efforts and even though the situation is easing, we know this remains a period of hardship for some and so please do continue to speak to us to see if there are ways we can help you to allay your concerns.
We have produced an easy-to-read reference guide to the overarching principles Ebor Academy Trust is following to ensure risks are minimised to allow for a full return to school for all pupils in September. It is based on government guidance and the guide will be reviewed over the summer holidays in case any changes emerge. Read it here.
Government guidance for the return to school in September, issued 2 July 2020, here.