Plans to Re-open Schools Letter & Survey
In Hartlepool, we are looking very carefully at the Government’s announcement of the intention to re-open schools for certain year groups from 1st June 2020. We want to work together across the town to make sure we make the right decisions for our pupils, our families and our staff.
Although nationally the evidence would suggest that some areas have past the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak, in Hartlepool local information shows that the number of cases is still rising. For this reason, we must think very carefully about the safety and protection of all when developing any plans to re-open schools.
Our ambition is to be able to welcome some children, in specific year groups, back into school in the coming half term and we are planning for this. However, it is vitally important that any plans have the protection and wellbeing of children and staff at the heart of them and we will only re-open schools when we are confident that children and staff will be safe. We are working together to make sure that when we re-open schools, you can be confident to send your children to school and that we will keep them safe.
At the moment, the view of the local authority and our schools is that 1st June is too soon. We consider that the earliest date that school in Hartlepool will re-open will be 08th June, but it may be later than this if needed. We intend to re-open schools on a phased basis, one year group at a time, in order to make sure that we can welcome our children back into school and manage them safely.
Please be reassured that everyone in the council and our schools is committed to the education of your child and their wellbeing. I will continue to work with schools to develop plans for re-opening this term if at all possible. Your child’s school will keep you informed of these plans as we move forward and provide you with more details.
Please complete this survey to assist your child’s school in it preparation for re-opening. You will be contacted directly by your child’s school once they have finalised their plans.
Please ensure that you have completed the survey as soon as possible in order to help all schools plan effectively.
If you have more than one child at school in nursery, reception, Year 1 or Year 6 then please click on the link again to complete the survey for this child(ren).
Sally Robinson | Director, Children's and Joint Commissioning Services
Hartlepool Borough Council