You may be aware that some of our year 6 pupils returned to school this week alongside our continuing childcare provision for key worker pupils. Westerhope Primary has provided care right the way through the COVID period and also supported care during the holidays, with only bank holidays and one deep cleaning day of closure. I can report that our safety measures are working well for the 49 pupils currently accessing provision.
We are following closely the guidance and arrangements advocated by the Department of Education with children and staff working socially distant and in ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15. The arrangements for the separation of pupils and staff in this way means that the capacity for wider re-opening at this time is greatly reduced. This week we have had more requests from key workers in need of child care. As these requests come into admin, we are required to increase the numbers within the individual child care groups until the bubble reaches 15. We have capacity to continue to provide such child care alongside the year 6 provision at this stage. The provision for the child care groups continues to be the main priority of government. As a result of the numbers within the key worker groups and the number of working bubbles around school, it is highly unlikely that circumstances in the coming weeks would allow for the wider return of nursery, reception and year 1 pupils. However, we will continue to review this on a regular basis and in light of the directives from government. If this situation changes I will inform you at the earliest opportunity.
Please continue to look at the website COVID-19 page for further information and visit our Home Learning section also. We will also clarify any arrangements for the new school year when the national picture becomes clearer.