Provision for pupils after half term

Following the recent government announcement regarding a phased return to school for some pupils, we have been working closely with Durham County Council to establish what is right for our school. The council is supporting all schools in the county, to establish a pattern and timeframe that works for them. They have provided a risk assessment, which is designed to put the health and safety of children first and ensure each school mitigates, to the best of their ability, risks associated with a phased return. Working with the Council, we have decided that the following approach best suits the needs of children and families at The Oaks.

Pupils who have been attending school (children of key workers and pupils deemed vulnerable at home) will continue to attend.

The school will contact and offer places to a very small number of additional pupils whose parents are key workers or who are deemed vulnerable at home to begin to expand provision when we believe it is safe to do so. This will not be before 8th June.

Following this, it may be possible to hold meetings between staff and Year 10 pupils who have already begun working towards exams next year. All other pupils will continue to receive work at home and regular welfare calls from staff.

We have carried out risk assessments and believe that this is the safest approach for our pupils and staff at the current time. We will continue to update you via the school website.

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