As you may have heard, Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, has just announced that she is strongly recommending that schools across Doncaster should NOT be opening to a wider cohort of children on 1st June.
She has based her decision on 3 key areas:
- There is currently no access to data about community transmission at a local level. This means there is not enough of a critical understanding on how active the virus currently is in Doncaster to be confident about sending more children and staff into a school environment.
- Ensuring all schools have proper access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for teachers and sanitising equipment for both staff and children.
- There needs to be a proper understanding of capacity within schools
(see https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/ for her full report)
Leaders and staff at Windhill have worked extremely hard over the past 3 weeks developing plans for the reopening of school. As I have shared with you before, we have identified groups of no more than 8 pupils for each class, purchased sufficient supplies of cleaning and sanitising equipment, and have carried out a thorough risk assessment to ensure the safety of all pupils and staff in school.
However, on the recommendation of the Local Authority, I have made the decision NOT to reopen school to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 6 on 1st June. Children of Key Workers can continue to access provision as in previous weeks.
I recognise that this will upset many of the children who were excited about returning to school. As a staff we are gutted but the safety of all remains paramount. I am confident that our plans to reopen school will happen in the near future and will keep you updated.
As next week would have been half term, enjoy a break from home learning. Please keep sharing with us updates and photographs of your exciting activities.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Take care and Stay Safe.