Dear Parents / Carers
As you will be aware, the scheduled half term holiday is fast approaching and I wanted to write to you to outline the Trust’s plans moving forward. The Schools and Area Resource Bases within the Trust will be closed for the half term period (25th – 29th May). The Schools will be closed as there is a need to carry out essential health and safety maintenance, including a thorough cleaning of each site. The Schools also need to assess the daily Government announcements and then interpret the guidance as it is published. I hope you can appreciate that much of the Covid-19 guidance we receive from the Department for Education has a focus on mainstream primary and secondary education, and it does take some time for the Local Authority and ourselves to interpret the guidance for SEN Schools and seek clarity where necessary.
Staff from each School will be in touch as usual next week, if you need to discuss provision or have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to ask.
Trust Schools and Area Resource Bases will open after half term and we are currently in discussion with the Local Authority and the Department for Education to plan how the offer currently provided can be extended in a safe, sustainable way to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff. Schools will communicate plans for provision after half term as soon as possible.
I would like to add that whilst the Department for Education is not providing funding for the free school meal voucher scheme during half term, the Trust has decided to continue to support the scheme for the half term week.
It is clear that a return to normal school life for the majority of pupils is still a considerable way off. This means that pupil support, remote learning and pastoral care will remain a very high priority in the weeks ahead. I will write with an update about future plans that are noted above in due course.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Special Partnership Trust