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Phased wider opening of Osbaldwick Primary Academy

29 May 2020

To all parents and carers at Osbaldwick Primary Academy

Dear Parent/Carer

Phased wider opening of Osbaldwick Primary Academy

Although the government has announced that primary schools will begin to open for certain year groups from next week, I am writing to advise you not to bring your child to school until our wider opening plans have been finalised. Please note, however, vulnerable children or children of key workers, should continue to come to school, as before.

In accordance with the letter issued last Friday from Ebor Academy Trust, we have been engaged in a robust risk assessment process. The health and safety of our pupils and staff continues to be paramount and we have consistently said we would look at opening our school to wider groups only when we are satisfied that any risks can be minimised to an acceptable level.

School will continue to be open for vulnerable children and children of key workers and because the lockdown is being eased, we know this group will grow in size from 8th June. These children remain our top priority, in accordance with current government guidelines.

We are communicating directly with parents of our Nursery and Reception children to determine the next steps for those pupils. Following on from those decisions, we will address plans for the phased return of Year 1 and Year 6. Because of the social distancing requirements, and growing numbers of priority children, please bear in mind wider opening may only take place gradually and on a part time basis.

We will continue to do our best for your child in terms of home learning.

We have increased our wellbeing team to provide pastoral support for children and families, which you can access via telephone on (01904) 555606 or by email to

Thank you for your continued support during these extraordinary times. I will be in touch soon with more information.

Yours faithfully

Mr Matthew Brown


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