Statement from Bracknell Forest Council
Parents and carers will be aware that the Government has set out an aim for more children to attend school from Monday, 1 June if the conditions are right for them to do so.
In Bracknell Forest, schools are working hard to explore ways in which the Government guidance might be applied so that more children can attend school, however, the following key points are very important for parents and carers to note:
- It is not definite that more children can go to school from Monday, 1 June. Do not send your child to school unless you have heard from your child's school that this will be possible, and what the arrangements will be.
- Everything we are doing needs to be guided by the best possible evidence and science about keeping everyone - children and school staff - as safe as possible. That is our most important consideration.
- Each school will need to individually assess their own situation, meaning that some schools may not be able to offer the same level of provision, dependant on building space and staffing capacity.
- Discussions are currently continuing between the Government and the teacher unions and this may lead to further guidance, which we will need to take into account.
Schools will be in touch with parents as soon as they can about what arrangements might be possible, but please bear with us as this may take some time. In the meantime, our schools are all working hard to support children in their learning at home.
We must also be guided by the Government, and will continue to update advice on our website and social media.
Liz Cole, Head of Primary Headteacher Association, Bracknell.
Cllr Dr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning.
Debbie Smith, Chair of Headteacher Secondary Representative Group.