Lockdown 1 - 23.03.2020 to 01.06.2020 (Whole School)
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22nd May 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I am writing to explain our current position with regards to reopening Phoenix St Peter Academy. The senior team continue to work hard on ascertaining our readiness to reopen as an educational setting on our own site and no final decision has been made yet.
I appreciate that many of you are feeling anxious and unsure and I am sorry that I am unable to give you anymore information at this time but I can assure you we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of staff, pupils and families. I can however now inform you Reach2 has taken the decisions that none of our schools will be open as education providers before 8th June.
At this time it is likely that the childcare provision we currently have in place at the Limes will continue as it is until Friday 5th June for the same pupils who have been already been attending. If you would like to speak to a member of the senior team about your individual circumstances, please contact the school office and one of us will call you back as soon as we can.
I am terribly grateful to you all for your support and engagement since the Government announced their intention to reopen schools. Speaking to the parents of nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils has helped shaped many of the discussions we have had over the past week. I hope to be writing to you very soon with further clarity.
In the meantime I wish you all a restful half term and thank you all for your continued support.
With warmest wishes,
11th May 2020 - Letter from Sir Steve, REAch2
You will have seen the Government announcement on Sunday 10th May that, if conditions allow, there may be a phased reopening of primary schools from June with children in Reception classes and in Years 1 and 6 to be the first to return.
As a Trust we want, of course, to see our children return to school - when it is safe to do so. As a Trust, we will be closely following Government guidance about this possible phased reopening of schools. The safety of both children and staff are paramount to us and we will be working over the next few days on plans to maximise whatever expectations are set out for social distancing in schools and on keeping our school premises as clean and safe as possible for both children and staff.
There are still lots of questions to be answered such as the issue of personal protective equipment in schools, however, and we need further Government guidance on this point before finalising plans. One of the complexities of the situation is that not all our staff are able to return to school yet and we do need to make sure that when the time comes, we have sufficient staff for the number of children that will be in school.
We recognise that parents may be anxious about what schools reopening will mean and the reassurance I would like to give is that we will only reopen our schools for more pupils when we are convinced it is safe to do so and all our arrangements are fully in place. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that, at present, the list of keyworkers remains unchanged.
Therefore, even if employers are requesting that parents return to work, provision within schools remains available to solely key workers at this time. When our plans are finalised and if schools are instructed to partially reopen, your school will make sure that you receive detailed information from us about what this means in practice and you will be given an opportunity to share your thoughts and views.
With very best wishes,
Sir Steve Lancashire Chief Executive Officer
REAch2 Academy Trust
10th May 2020 - Update from School
This evening it’s been announced that phased school returns could happen from 1 June (after half term) at the earliest. The Prime Minister has said this will be done in stages, beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
The Prime Minister also said that the government’s ambition is for secondary pupils sitting exams next year to get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays.
We understand our families will have questions after the announcement. We will be reviewing the guidance the government will publish tomorrow and will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
Thank you very much for your ongoing support.
23rd March 2020 - Update from School
From 3pm Wednesday 25/03/2020 the Phoenix School Office team will be moving to The Limes Academy to support the provision there. Therefore, the Phoenix School Office will be closed.
You can still contact the school using the firstname.lastname@example.org email address, or very urgent enquiries by telephone can be directed to The Limes on 01502 449200.
20th March 2020 @ 5.30p.m. - Update from School
All families have been contacted now and arrangements for childcare have been made. I know for some families, this will be a tricky time but please, rest assured, we are here to help where we can.
It is SO important that families follow the guidelines outlined by the government which is to stay at home and only travel for essentials. The only way that we can protect you and your children at this time is to encourage you to follow this advice at all times.
I want to thank you personally for all your help and support this week – it has been a difficult time for us all. Please stay safe and contact us should you need anything. The school phone number will be answered throughout 8.45am and 3.15pm all of next week for parents if they need it.
20th March 2020 @ 8:00a.m. - Update from School
The government have published their guidelines around which children schools should remain open for. I am writing to you to update you on this. In essence, the instruction from the government is “if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.”
We will contact families individually to discuss this further.
19th March 2020 @ 10.50a.m. - Update from School
If you are currently in self-isolating within your family, workpacks are now available to collect from the front office. Please send a friend/member of family who is not isolating to collect packs and deliver them to you. If this is difficult for you, please contact the school and we can arrange something together.
If your child is in school today, they will take their work packs home with them at the end of the day.
19th March 2020 @ 8:00a.m. - Update from School
Following the announcement from the government yesterday, school will close for the majority of pupils on Friday at 3.15pm. The following pupils will be an exception to this and will have a school place during the coronavirus outbreak:
- Children who have parents that are key workers
- Vulnerable children – those with EHCPs and those with allocated social workers.
We will come out to parents shortly with support and guidance about what a key worker is and we will contact vulnerable families individually.
Teachers will continue to support ALL their children as best as we can through this uncertain time.
We have been planning for this as a possible outcome. Things will be put in motion over the next 48 hours so please check this page regularly for updates.
18th March 2020 @ 2:45p.m. - Update from School
There will be no after school clubs for the rest of this week.
Miss Burns Y2 early morning group is cancelled for tomorrow.
Y6 8am group with Miss Hunter to carry on as planned.
Please can all children wear their Phoenix PE kit to school on Thursday and Friday as they will be on the Meadow at lunchtimes and taking part in some yoga activities as well.
18th March 2020 @ 2:07p.m. - Update from Scoo
SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR GROUPS:
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
For tomorrow (Thursday 19th March), we will be combining classes as follows:
Year 1 and Year 2 will be with Miss Bettinson. Supported by Mrs Wickes and Mrs O’Mara
Year 3 Heron and Year 3 Robin will be with Miss Khatri. Supported by Miss Harvey
Year 4 and Year 5 will be with Mrs Cox. Supported by Miss Batty and Mrs Everett
Year 6 will be with Mrs Wallace.
At the end of the day tomorrow (Thursday 19th March), please collect your child from the following places:
Year 1 and Year 2 from the bottom of the ramp near Early Years
Year 3 from the area outside Heron and Robin classroom
Year 4 and Year 5 from the area near the gate to the school car park
Year 6 as usual (from the area near the gate to the school car park).
Thank you for your support during this challenging time,
18th March 2020 @ 8:40a.m. - Update from School
SCHOOL IS OPEN FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR GROUPS:
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
However, due to staff shortages we will be collapsing classes, therefore your child may be working alongside a different class/year group with a different teacher than they usually have. Rest assured we will make this as seamless as possible for children.
Reminder that children MUST bring their own water bottle, we are not using the shared water fountains at this time.
Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented event.
17th March 2020 - School Update
SCHOOL IS OPEN 18/03/2020 FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR GROUPS:
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
What are we doing at school to reduce the risk of spreading?
- Increased handwashing for all children that is supervised by adults (minimum 5 times daily)
- Increased cleaning of key areas including door handles, light switches, toilets and sinks
- Assembly size is now reduced to four-year groups maximum
- Any assembly will share the importance of hand washing
- Parents will no longer be invited to assemblies
- Staggered lunch service with no more than two classes in the hall eating lunch at a given time.
- Break and lunch duty staff supervise all handwashing and ensure that children have clean hands particularly before eating their lunch or their snacks.
- Visitors are now escorted to handwashing stations before working with any children
- All trips cancelled including swimming for Y4 and sporting events
- Most parent meetings will now take place over the phone instead of in school
- Children will enter the building from 8.40am in the morning with teachers in classrooms
- Children who are identified with symptoms relating to the Coronavirus will be isolated at school and parents contacted to pick up the children and their siblings.
- Teachers are delivering recommended lesson from ‘e-bug’ to teach children about how germs spread and how we can reduce the risk of spreading.
What can parents do to help reduce the risk of spreading?
- Read the Government Guidance relating to the Coronavirus and follow any relevant actions that apply to your circumstances
- Update contact information on letters sent home
- Leave the playground promptly at the end of the day to avoid large gatherings
- Year 1 and Year 2 parents to walk children to the doors in the morning and leave the site promptly.
- Parents of year 3, 4, 5 and 6 to leave children to walk through alley / bridge and to walk to class to avoid large gatherings of parents and children in the playground. Please discuss with staff on duty at the gates if you have any concerns.
- Keep your children at home, in isolation for 14 days, if they are displaying the key symptoms relating to coronavirus: high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough. This includes siblings. Further information relating to self-isolation is found in the link to the Government Guidance.