You will note from the letter that Trafford have instructed schools to close to pupils on Monday 8 June and Tuesday 9 June for ‘Teacher Training Days’ to plan, prepare and train staff in advance of some more children attending on Wednesday 10 June (as long as the government measures have been met to prove it is the right time to open schools). The week before (week commencing 1 June) school is closed to all pupils due to the Whit holidays where we are having essential maintenance work and a deep clean carried out.
I appreciate this is a tremendously tricky time for everyone, we continue to be there to support everyone the best we can with home learning and provide school places for key worker children and our most vulnerable.
Preparing to open for more children is highly sensitive and it is taking a large amount of time to risk assess properly – I can assure you when we do open more widely we will follow a strategy and plan that mitigates the risk of spreading COVID-19 as much as possible. You are aware that the criteria for wider opening of special schools are different to mainstream schools. At Pictor the following children will be prioritised:
Children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan
Children within families who require significant support from social care (Children in Need)
Children whose parent(s) are considered ‘Key workers’
Children approaching key transitions
Children most in need from our ongoing risk assessments
Over the coming days we will contact parents from our list drawn up from the above criteria to offer places, it is your choice as a parent to accept the place or not.
If you definitely DO NOT want your child to attend school it would be useful if you could email Karen Larsen firstname.lastname@example.org this would help us with our planning
Longford Park School
Pictor Academy caters for children aged 2 – 11 with special educational needs arising from a range of conditions. A large number of pupils have an autistic spectrum disorder. This means that they have difficulties communicating and interacting with others. They will also have difficulties with play and imagination. Some of our pupils have physical difficulties whilst others may have a language disorder or have a general developmental delay.
We promote achievement for all and an enjoyment in learning for life
We help each pupil to succeed through a challenging curriculum, innovative teaching and highly trained, experienced staff
We build effective and engaging learning partnerships between school and home
We are now able to offer the following outreach support to settings:
• observation and advice on meeting the needs of a targeted pupil including strategies, differentiating the curriculum and developing Individual Education Plans
• training packages to support a school in meeting the needs of a targeted pupil