What to do if your school implements restrictions?

What to do if your school implements restrictions?
  1. Contact your school and ask for a copy of the written advice that they have received from the Local Authority, the Director of public health (DsPH) or the local PHE protection team (HPTs). Only these bodies can recommend measures as part of their outbreak management responsibilities. Schools cannot make these decisions. Restrictions will only be in response to an increase in cases in the school and not in the wider public.

Dear Headteacher,

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the new restrictions in school. Would you please send me a copy of the written advice you have received from the Local Authority, the Director of Public Health or the local PHE protection team? As I’m sure you are aware, restrictions can only be reintroduced temporarily by these bodies. If you only have instructions verbally, I would appreciate an email with your recollection and a request with the advice you received. I would also like to know when these temporary restrictions will be reviewed and what the criteria are. 

I look forward to hearing from you,

 

For Special Education Needs Schools 👇

Dear Headteacher,

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the new restrictions in school. Would you please send me a copy of the written advice you have received from the Local Authority, the Director of Public Health or the local PHE protection team? As I’m sure you are aware, restrictions can only be reintroduced temporarily by these bodies. If you only have instructions verbally, I would appreciate an email with your recollection and a request with the advice you received. I would also like to know when these temporary restrictions will be reviewed and what the criteria are.

For specialist settings, the Government guidance quotes, “you have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils to support them to access education successfully. Where appropriate, you should discuss with pupils and parents the types of reasonable adjustments that are being considered to support an individual.” I would be grateful if you could contact me regarding the new restrictions to discuss my child and their access to education.

I look forward to hearing from you,

 

 

  1. Contact your Regional Schools Commissioner. The Department of Education has charged them to ensure that the restrictions are proportionate and that schools are not going beyond their remit.

All their details are here

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/regional-schools-commissioners

Copy the National Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington  SchoolsCommissioner.PS@education.gov.uk

Copy your MP

Dear  …

As advised by the schools’ minister, I am writing to inform you about my child’s school’s restrictions. The school is (name) and is a (primary, secondary, 16-19 or 19-25) school. 

 

The school has implemented 

–       List the restrictions 

The school has said that the Local Authority, Director of Public Health or the local PHE protection team (delete as needed) has advised this. I enclose the advice/I have requested a copy of the advice from the school.

 Or

The school has not advised that this is on the Local Authority, Public Health or the local PHE protection team’s advice, and I have asked them for a copy of the advice they must have received. 

 I look forward to hearing from you,