Phased Re-opening
Thank you for your responses regarding the possible re-opening of the school and the implications for your child. The teams have been working hard this week to carry out the Risk Assessments required by both the Government and Local Authority in order to inform our decision about when and how to re open safely in a phased and well considered way.
Once this has been completed, we will be in a position to share much more detailed information with you about a return to school and what this will look like at such an unprecedented time for you and your child. Before reopening a ‘Parent Pack’ will be shared with you which I hope will answer many of your questions and concerns before your child returns.
As I said in my communications last week the earliest we will be able to open more widely is Monday 8th June, but this is not yet definite. It will be confirmed as soon as possible, as will the year groups that we are able to accommodate - which may not be all those mentioned by the Government.
Before we can confirm the date of our phased reopening, we have to undertake essential staff training, make changes to the school site, have the right resources, and check that what we are doing is safe and in line with the government guidance we are still waiting for.
Thank you for your patience at this very busy time for us in school. Please continue to look on our website for further updates over the half term holiday. Please note school is completely closed for all pupils between 25th and 29th May. We hope you all have a lovely half term holiday despite the strange circumstances.
PLEASE FIND IMPORTANT UPDATE LETTERS REGARDING THE PHASED REOPENING OF SCHOOL ON THE CORONAVIRUS PAGE

Please continue to look after your mental health during the school closure. Ideas are on the Parents-Coronavirus page.

If you would like to share some of your home learning with us please send it to admin@branscombe.devon.sch.uk. The teachers will choose some pieces to include in a special scrapbook for this unusual time.

During the school closure please share an Act of Worship every Friday morning. Although we cannot physically gather together and worship at school like we normally do, we can come together as a school community, to worship and pray each week by using our weekly assembly at home. You may use it at a time suitable for you or at 11.45am every Friday so that we can all ‘sit together’ and use the assemblies in our own homes as a joint community. This will provide a time to remember each other, our school community and all that is going on around us. The Act of Worship is in the Parents - Coronavirus tab of the website.

Coronavirus - SCHOOL IS NOW CLOSED - unless you have received an invitation for childcare. Ideas for activities to do at home are in the Parents - Coronavirus tab on this website.

If your situation changes over the coming weeks and your role becomes one from the keyworkers list please email admin@branscombe.devon.sch.uk.
THE LIST OF CONFIRMED KEYWORKERS IS ON THIS LINK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

To limit the spread of the disease and to protect the vulnerable please stay at home for 14 days if anyone in your household has either:
- a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough - this means you have started coughing repeatedly.
Do not go to GP or pharmacy or hospital or phone 111 unless you feel it is an emergency. You do not need to test for Coronavirus if you are staying at home.

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