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Reopening of schools on June 1

Discussion in 'Governors' started by mbee1, May 14, 2020.

  1. mbee1

    mbee1 Occasional commenter

    As CoG of a Community school, I've had an email from the LA today devolving all responsibility on the reopening of schools to Headteachers & Governing Bodies. I've had a lengthy conversation with the Head who has many concerns as opening for Reception, Y1 and Y6 plus continuing to host the children of key workers will mean 300 children in school!

    Keeping to classes of 15 children will mean eight classrooms in use plus space for Reception children plus the associated staff. What is concerning is that this decision was taken by the Cabinet Office without discussion with the DfE and thus no input from education "experts". We're already noticing the key worker children increasing as more people start going back to work.

    We're sending a parent questionnaire out to see whether parents intend to send their children to get an idea of numbers. We're also in discussion with our family of schools in the hope that, whatever decision is made, we can do it as a family.

    In addition, the Government want all primary children to have four weeks of school prior to the summer break which we can only do with full classrooms!

    Brainless idea or what? I've called a full meeting of the Board for late next week in the hope that, by then, we may know more from the Government and the unions!
    Rott Weiler likes this.
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    My thoughts are same as yours.

    We're still talking but unsure what to do.

    The LA is right in one way - it is a decision that's the responsibility of schools (heads + GBs) to make. The LA has no power to decide. But if LAs have any worthwhile role in future you'd think advice and guidance on something like this is what they should offer!
  3. mbee1

    mbee1 Occasional commenter

    I wonder if LAs have any future worthwhile role? They've given no advice or guidance at all. Fortunately, we generally work together well within the family of schools supporting each other as best we can and I hope whatever we do will be the same within the family.
  4. shevington

    shevington Occasional commenter

    In my Authority most of the schools ,including Academies pay the LA for Health and Safety. At the current time the Health and Safety Officer will be a great help in providing excellent information for the risk assessments for all our primary schools.
  5. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Our LA and it's governor support team is providing guidance
  6. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    The advice provided does provide quite a few questions for governors though - who are at the held of both staff and student/ pupil safety at this time....

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