Nottingham City Council
17th June 2020
Wider opening of LA Maintained schools to specified year groups from June 22 2020
We are writing to provide all Head Teachers and Chairs of Governing Bodies with an update on the position of the City Council in relation to the wider re-opening of Nottingham City Council maintained schools.
First, we’d like to thank you for all of the excellent planning and risk assessment work that you have undertaken and shared with the trade unions in order to welcome back into your schools groups of Year 6 pupils this week. We are aware that the numbers of pupils that have returned to school has enabled you to manage their return in a careful and well planned fashion. Given that this will be the final year of their primary school experience we are very grateful that children attending school will have the opportunity to share this important time with the friends and teachers with whom they have formed special connections.
As you are aware through the consultation meetings we have held with yourselves, Trade Union colleagues, local authority officers and the NST we have promoted a shared view that the re-opening of our schools should not be rushed, and that measures are in place to ensure children can return as safely as possible. In line with this view we are now asking that, based upon your comprehensive risk assessments, from the 22nd June you bring forward the plans you have for your individual schools to enable the gradual re-opening to children in other year groups that you have identified. We know that before proceeding you will have fully assessed the capacity of both your school environment and the staffing to deliver your plans, whilst ensuring that children of key workers, vulnerable pupils and those with an EHCP remain the priority for attendance.
We wish to continue to support you to ensure that the conditions for ensuring that the ongoing process of wider re-opening is monitored and assessed. In this way we wish to enable children to benefit from both classroom teaching and more interaction with their peers. The guidance and professional advice from public health colleagues and schools health and safety service will continue to be made available to support your professional judgement in managing your school’s approach.
Can we extend our thanks for all that you are doing to support children and families during this challenging time.
Councillor David Mellen Councillor Neghat Khan
Leader of the Council Portfolio Holder for Early Years,
Nottingham City Council Employment and Education