St Stephen's will begin to admit pupils from Y6, Year 1, Reception and Nursery from Monday 22nd June. Year 6 children, Year 1 children and pupils already attending will begin on Monday 22nd June. Reception and Nursery pupils will return on Wednesday 24th June.
The Risk assessment has been based on the numbers of children in school whose parents indicated that they would return their child to school in June. The Social Distancing regulations have created small bubbles for these pupils and where they are taught in groups of between 8 and 10 children depending on the size of the classroom. The Risk assessment has also been based on the numbers of staff who are available to teach each bubble. If a parent has not previously requested a place at school then we cannot guarantee that a place can be offered.
Please see the message from LCC regarding the wider opening of schools in Lancashire:
Message from Edwina Grant OBE
Executive Director Education and Children’s Services Council
Our Director of Public Health has revised his guidance about schools reopening to more pupils and we can now encourage you to take the decision to open more widely to pupils from 22 June if, having undertaken your risk assessment, you consider yourself ready to do so.
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi had issued blanket guidance to schools to delay wider opening to more pupils, because his professional view was that two of the government's five coronavirus tests were not being met in the county. However, a reduction in the rate of confirmed coronavirus infections combined with our readiness to support the local implementation of the national NHS Test and Trace Programme means that enough progress has now been made to revise this advice. It is important to stress that the prevalence of coronavirus is still higher in Lancashire than elsewhere in the country so the room for manoeuvre is limited.
As has been the case throughout the emergency, all schools are encouraged to admit vulnerable pupils and those children of key workers as long as their risk assessments suggest it is safe to do so. The government guidance states that children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 can now be welcomed back.
Lancashire County Council have again advised schools on 8th June to remain closed to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Y6 pupils. This is due to the rate of infections within the area and the need for "track and trace" to be more effective within the region.
The earliest school will re-open to more pupils is 22nd June.
Emergency Care for Key Workers and Vulnerable Children
School is open to the children of Key workers or for vulnerable children who have a social worker or EHCP plan. Application forms must be completed as well as an agreement signed. Proof of eligibility may be requested so that Key Workers can demonstrate their eligibility.
The school is open for care during the Easter holiday (including bank holidays) during the normal school day (8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.). There is no before or after school care.
If you require a place then please telephone school on 01772 556306 or download the application form from this area of the website. Breakfast and After School care is available to families who are already signed up for this provision.
Updates, advice and information on COVID-19
COVID-19, or Coronavirus, is a contagious virus that has been classed as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
Due to recent advice, measures to slow the spread and protect the most vulnerable in our society has meant that school will be closed from Monday 23rd March to all pupils except some specifically identified children and those children of key workers (please see the information below).
How can we help stop the spread?
Current advice is to -
- wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least twenty seconds
- sneeze or cough into a tissue, or your elbow
- disinfect surfaces and frequently used items regularly
- avoid social gatherings and unnecessary travel
- sanitise hands after using high-traffic items such as touch screens, card machines, petrol pumps etc
If you, or anyone in your family suspect you may have the virus, or you are experiencing symptoms of a persistent cough and/or high temperature, the entire household must isolate and contact NHS 111 for further instructions and guidance. In a life threatening emergency, please call 999.
Please do not attend a walk in centre, your GP's surgery or A&E if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.