Dear Parents and Carers
This morning, all Sheffield schools received a statement from Sheffield City Council after receiving guidance from the Director of Public Health in Sheffield, Greg Fell.
Sheffield City Council have strongly advised all schools in Sheffield to delay their wider reopening until the 15th June.
See the key information below:
We have been advised by the Sheffield Director of Public Health, Greg Fell who has reviewed the local position and he does not feel assured that the recently announced ‘Test and Trace’ programme will be sufficiently well established and robust enough to be in place for 1st June. He has advised that the Test and Trace system should be in place and working effectively for 14 days before schools and nurseries begin increasing their numbers.
Whilst nationally the Government is requesting that schools and nurseries start to increase the number of pupils attending over the coming weeks, in light of the Sheffield Public Health advice we do not yet feel assured that it is the right time and are advising our schools and nurseries to delay increasing numbers until the 15th June 2020.
More detailed information can be found here.
Letter to parents and supporting documents below in files.
St Marie’s will follow the local guidance and we will not increase the numbers of children in school until we are told it is safe to do so.
We ask that families, who have not been attending school for emergency childcare during the partial closure, wait until June 15th before returning.
We are extremely disappointed that the guidance we have just received is so late and this message might be very frustrating to lots of families. If you are suffering hardship because your child is not able to come to school, please contact school and leave a message and we will be in touch next week.
We will write to you again as soon as we have more information and guidance from Sheffield City Council.