For the school's risk assessment for wider opening in September, please click here.
For the school's risk assessment for wider opening, please click here.
Should you have concerns about your health or that of someone in your household, please click here to view the 111 website.
For letters and relevant information, please click below:
Update regarding the wider opening of Blaise Primary sent out 15th June 2020
Please click here for Guidance for parents/carers on supporting young people's mental health & well being during the Corona Virus outbreak 31st March 2020.
Please click here for a document from Family in Focus - Information & Services families, Parents, Carers & Young People Part detailing many resources available for you to access and covering a wide range of subjects, including helpful websites and contact details.
Please see below for previous communications from the home page, with the more recent communications at the top.
Final decisions regarding the wider opening of school
Last week, a Senior Safety Adviser from the Local Authority carried out a COVID-19 Assurance Visit at school.
The visit confirmed the measures in our risk assessment, and the high number of staff it requires, are correct for our setting and that we are COVID-19 secure.
Thank you to the parents/carers of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who shared their views with us last week.
On Monday 15th June, we welcomed some of our youngest pupils back to Nursery, and our provision for the children of key workers has grown. We have opened four new classes since the 1st June; this is impacting significantly on our capacity to open more widely.
All this information, alongside staff availability, led us to make the very difficult decision that we will be opening further classrooms to Year 6 only, from Monday 22nd June, in addition to the existing provision for the children of essential workers and the vulnerable.
Once these classrooms are open, we will be at full capacity while adhering to the school's COVID risk assessment and current guidance.
While we look forward to inviting our Year 6 children back, we are saddened to let the parents/carers of children in Reception and years 1 to 5 know that we will not be able to open safely for their children this academic year.
Although a higher percentage of Year 6 parents/carers favoured a return to school, we know that there will be disappointment amongst parents/carers and children in other year groups.
Work is already under way on how we can best support children with this potentially challenging transition. Phases and year groups will be contacted directly. We will be sharing information with parents/carers about the kinds of activities we will plan for autumn, in order to support a smooth, supportive and speedy return to enjoyment and learning in school. We also look forward to letting parents/carers and children know who their class teachers will be next year. This information will be shared with you shortly.
We await further guidance on how we can open more widely in September and will work with the government towards meeting their aim of having all children back in school in September. We will be in touch with parents/carer as soon as we have this information.
Thank you again for your continued support and understanding.
Mr M Bonaddio
The wider opening of Blaise Primary and Nursery School
Firstly, please can I say thank you, on behalf of all the staff at Blaise, to all parents and carers for your continued support, understanding and patience as we cautiously work towards welcoming more children in school.
As you know, we opened two new classes for the children of key workers on Monday 1st June. We are very grateful to all the parents/carers who have worked with us as we introduced a number of safety measures in order to manage the increase in pupils and staff as safely as possible and in line with our risk assessments.
We are now ready to plan the next phase of wider opening:
On Monday 8th June, we are opening a sixth classroom for the children of key workers. We will then have established enough provision for all the children of essential workers that have requested a place at this moment in time.
Many thanks to the parents and carers of our Nursery children for taking the time to answer our questions last week. The information has supported our planning and we are now looking forward to welcoming back some Nursery children from Monday 15th June.
Further information regarding key worker children and Nursery children will be shared with parents/carers in a separate communication.
Opening to more children no earlier than Monday 22nd June
We will be contacting the parents and carers of other eligible pupils (initially years Reception, Yrs 1 and 6) over the coming days so that we can make sure your views inform our planning.
Following this, decisions will be made regarding the next phase of wider opening at Blaise Primary and Nursery School.
In the meantime, we ask that if you or your child/children are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 you do not come on to the school site.
Mr M Bonaddio
Changes to the reduced provision (key worker children) from Monday 1st June
The Phased Opening of Blaise Primary and Nursery School
As you know from previous communications, there are provisional plans to begin to welcome more children back to school from 1st June.
Many thanks for responding to our latest questionnaire. This has informed our planning for a wider reopening of the school.
The results tell us clearly that you are concerned foremost about the safety of your children and the wider community.
We recently sent out a letter from Alison Hurley (Director of Education and Skills, Bristol City Council). The letter informed all parents/carers in Bristol that in order to prepare for reopening, each school will undertake a very thorough risk assessment to ensure they are keeping children, staff and the wider community as safe as they possibly can.
The risk assessment process is being finalised, as are plans for a gradual and carefully managed approach to increasing pupil numbers. In order to put in place the appropriate measures as identified in the risk assessment, there will be limits on the number of pupils we can support at any one time. If demand for key worker places continues to increase, it will impact our plans for wider reopening.
- Small classes of children will remain with allocated teaching staff throughout the school day in the same classroom each week
- Classes will have access to outdoors and additional space to increase opportunities for social distancing
- Very limited contact between classes across the day and week
- The removal of soft toys and furnishing and other items that are difficult to clean
- Enhanced cleaning, including sterilising of appropriate resources at the end of the school day
- Ensuring significant stock of PPE for the provision of first aid
- Staggered break and lunch times
- Dedicated entrances/exits for specific year groups
Prime Minister's Announcement Sunday 10th May and School Re-opening
I know many of you will have been watching, eager to know and understand the government’s plans for re-opening schools.
Like everyone, we have only seen the television announcement and, at this stage, we are waiting to receive more information from the government about what this means for our school.
It is important to note that, in the short-term, nothing has changed.
We will provide further information as soon as we are able to do so.
While we still have no date or detail about opening our school to more children, we are, in liaison with the local authority and other Bristol schools, considering how best to approach any changes, and any need or opportunity for local coordination. Please be reassured that any increase in the number of staff and pupils at school would have to meet the national safety guidance.
We will contact you as soon as we have any more clarity about the re-opening of schools nationally, and in Bristol.
With many thanks for your fantastic and continued effort and support.
School Closure from Monday 23rd March and provision for critical workers
Dear Parents and Carers,
On Friday 20th March at 3.15pm, we closed our doors to most of our amazing children and we will miss them very much. I would like to thank everyone in the Blaise community for their continued support and understanding during these difficult, challenging and unprecedented times, and for your patience as we fine-tune this new way of working.
Please use the links above to access further information on Covid-19 and the home learning pages for each year group. From Monday 20th April onwards, we will be setting weekly learning projects rather than daily lessons.
In response to government guidance, we have been operating a reduced provision since Monday 23rd March for workers in critical sectors and vulnerable learners.
If you are a critical worker, please contact the school. We request that you share simple evidence, for example confirmation from your employer on what your job is and how it is critical to the COVID-19 response.
Please call the school office on 0117 377 2424,or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.