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ST BEDE’S CATHOLIC JUNIOR SCHOOL

celebrates life and learning

5th June, 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

RE: UPDATE FOR YEAR 6 PARENTS/CARERS

As you might be aware the most recent reproduction (R) values by region have been published at 2.00 pm today and for the North West the median value is 1.01.  This value is calculated from data over the past two weeks.

 

In Halton, subject to the government tests being met, schools were asked to plan for a wider opening to pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 8th of June.

 

As a school, the staff and I have worked incredibly hard to make our school building ready for more pupils and could open to our Year 6 cohort on Monday but the question remains as to whether we should given this change in R value. Mil Vasic, Halton’s Strategic Director for People has asked Governing Bodies and Headteachers to pause and rethink if they were proposing to reopen on Monday 8th and revisit their risk assessment factoring in the latest R number data.

 

I have communicated with the Governing Body and given that we are now at late Friday afternoon there is not sufficient time to carry out a new risk assessment based on a new, higher R value.   Therefore, the decision has been made NOT to reopen for Year 6 on the 8th June.  It has not been an easy decision to make, and I apologise to parents/carers for the short notice, although the 8th June was always the earliest date.  I am very mindful that we are dealing with our pupils, families and staffs’ precious lives.

 

As the Government have been gradually lifting the lockdown, I know that some parents/carers may be back in work from Monday.  If this is the case, your son/daughter can still attend school as a Key Worker pupil; Year 6 will have their own group in this instance.  The children currently attending school as Key Worker pupils have been safe and will remain safe; it simply isn’t the right time to phase in a whole year group.

 

Feel free to email me directly at head.stbedesjunior@halton.gov.uk if you would like to clarify anything.

 

I can only reiterate that our school and its staff are ready to restart for Year 6.  We miss our pupils possibly more than they miss us!  We are looking forward to having them back in their classrooms but Monday 8th, June is simply no longer the right time.  I hope and pray that your trust in our school to always put Christ at the centre and children at the heart of all we do so that ‘we journey together so that we might have life-life in all its fullness’ remains as strong as ever.  

 

Please remember in your prayers those who are currently affected and we pray, as a school community, that we all remain in the best of health at this time and that we can trust in God to help us all make the right decisions at this time.

Continue in the truths that you were taught and firmly believe. You know who your teachers were, and you remember that ever since you were a child, you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.

2 Timothy 3: 14-17

Please stay safe and look after each other and I will write to you again next week

 

Love and thanks,

Faith Tiernan

Headteacher

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