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Delayed Academy Opening

Dear Parents,

As many of you will now be aware, North Somerset Council released a statement over the weekend regarding school’s wider reopening in response to the recent coronavirus outbreak at Weston General Hospital.

As a precautionary measure, we’ve contacted all North Somerset schools and advised them to delay re-opening until Monday 8 June.

There’s currently no evidence that the outbreak of coronavirus at Weston General Hospital has spread any further than the staff and patients already identified.

We’re waiting for more data to come through for Public Health England to complete their analysis on the pattern of cases in North Somerset. That’ll mean we can have a clearer picture of how the virus might be spreading in our community.

We think it’s best to wait for all the data to be received and the analysis to be completed before schools re-open to wider groups of pupils.

Schools will continue to stay open for vulnerable children and key worker children – as they have been doing throughout lockdown. There have been no recorded outbreaks of coronavirus in North Somerset schools.” (North Somerset Council)

Today the local authority confirmed that the Public Health Investigation may be concluded by Wednesday 3rd June, which does not provide sufficient notice to inform families regarding our planned wider opening for Thursday. We have therefore decided to delay our wider opening of Haywood Village Academy and request that all families, who were expecting to return for Thursday 4th June, now plan to return on Monday 8th June. We recognise that this is further delay and frustrating but is now more in line with many North Somerset schools were already planning a delayed return.

We have updated the ‘guide to returning to school’, which is loaded onto our website and we require you to read this also. If you have questions that can not be answered from the guide, you can email these in to support a frequently asked questions document, which we can share.

As noted on Friday’s letter, for all children who will not be returning to school, we will continue to provide Distance Learning, via the year group blogs, with children in school and home expected to participate in the same opportunities. All the blogs are updated for this week and feature a themed week approach with many year groups, but not all, having an emphasis on learning through being a scientists.

Our blog websites remain as:


If you have any further questions regarding the information we have sent, please email into the school email account on [email protected]

Yours faithfully

Craig Jones

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