Interim Head of Education
Bootle Town Hall
Tel: 0151 934 3428 / 07813544809
Date: 26th February 2021
Our ref: 02 26 02 21 Parent/Carer Letter
I am sure that you are all delighted that our children and young people will be able to return to school on 8th March. It has been a trying covid year for all parents and carers, children and school staff in maintaining not only the education but also the wellbeing of our children. The partnership working between the schools and families has been incredible and has ensure that as far as possible the support for our children has been there.
It has not been an easy time for parents and carers juggling their own work at home and ensuring that the remote learning for the children and young people has taken place. I know from personal experience that this has not been easy, but we have all managed and now hopefully things can return to some form of normality.
I just wanted to remind you that it will be mandatory for children and young people to attend school form 8th March. Please do speak to your child’s school to discuss any issues or concerns you might have.
Some of our children and young people may have concerns in returning to school and as always please do talk to your school if you have concerns. CAMHS also operate a 24/7 emergency helpline on 0151 293 3577.
For young people attending secondary school there is also the Kooth service, which many of them will be aware of. Schools can provide virtual information sessions for parents to find out more about Kooth.com. These sessions can be held via Zoom and are designed to allow parents to explore the Kooth site with the Engagement Lead for Sefton and ask any questions they may have about the service. If you would like to be involved in these sessions, please check with your school for availability.
As you are aware children in secondary schools will be provided with home testing kits after they have had three tests in school over the first two weeks back. Your school will provide you with the information on how this will work. All schools will be different and will be addressing this according to their circumstances. As yet no information has been given on the roll out of home testing kits for primary aged children.
There has also been a change regarding the wearing of face coverings particularly for secondary aged pupils. Further information will be provided by individual schools.
Please do note that although schools will be fully reopened then there will still be many restrictions in place. Schools will have staggered start and finish times; parents and carers will not be allowed to congregate at gates or on the school grounds. We also ask that you wear masks when dropping off your children except if you are exempt. We want to ensure that all children and staff as well as families are kept safe.
Please remember Hands, Face, Space.
Full guidance on all the above can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-covid-19
I just want to say a big thank you again to all our parents and carers; staff in our schools and council staff for ensuring that everyone has been able to support our children and young people.
Have a lovely weekend
Interim Head of Education