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Schools - Return of some students
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At a number of Parish Council meetings last week the subject of the return to school for a number of children was raised so I hope the following briefing note from Cllr Evans the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education & Skills is helpful.
“As you will be aware, part of the government's plans to ease lockdown includes the possibility of schools and early years settings opening to more pupils from 1 June 2020. As we approach this date, I wanted to write to you to update you on the position across Suffolk.
As the local authority we have been supporting schools to prepare for the possibility of opening to a larger number of pupils. On Wednesday we provided schools with the ‘Suffolk Principles and Planning Support’ document and a risk assessment/checklist template which is intended to support school and setting leaders in preparing; finalising and using risk assessments. This is designed to be used alongside the initial planning framework that the Department for Education has published. The Suffolk Principles and Planning Support document was developed through collaboration with sector leads, unions, professional associations and other stakeholders. I thank them for their time and input into the process. Every school and setting in Suffolk has unique circumstances and each school will make its own decision on opening to more pupils based on the resources available to ensure the safety of all pupils and staff.
The phased opening of schools to more pupils would start with pupils in nurseries, reception, year one and year six. This will be in addition to accommodating children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. Secondary schools and other schools such as pupil referral units and special schools will also gradually increase the number of children and young people they can accommodate. For secondary schools this will start with year 10 and year 12.
This will only happen if the level of new infections continues to decrease and the following conditions set out by the government are met:
• To make sure the NHS can cope by providing sufficient critical care across the UK
• To see a sustained and consistent fall in daily death rates with confidence the UK is beyond the peak
• Reliable data to show the infection rate is falling to manageable levels
• There is enough testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet future demand
• Any changes in restrictions would not lead to a second peak
A decision by the government is not expected until Friday 29 May 2020.
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We know that for families keeping their children at home has been challenging and we want to thank them for being part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic in doing this. We have sent a letter to schools from Assistant Director Adrian Orr to be shared with parents setting out the current situation in Suffolk and explaining the support that has been given by SCC. There are also links where parents can find more information. Schools in Suffolk have also done an excellent job in challenging circumstances and we thank them wholeheartedly for all the work they have done.
The county council education team and I realise that the decision about whether to send children and young people back to school at this time will not be an easy one for families to make, so we have emphasised to schools the importance of ensuring that parents and carers are given the information they need in order to make an informed choice. Government guidance has made it clear that it is not compulsory for parents to send their children to school at this time, and there will be no penalties for families who choose to keep children at home. Schools will continue to provide accessible opportunities for children and young people to learn at home and schools will be in touch in the coming weeks to explain to parents how they plan to keep in touch with them over the coming weeks.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and I will update you once I have more information. In the meantime, you can see which schools in Suffolk are open using the following link https://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk/. Parents who are classed as a key worker or have a child that is classed as vulnerable can call the SCC helpline on 01473 263985 if their usual school is not open or has been unable to make alternate arrangements for pupils. SCC will then liaise with schools and parents to find a suitable alternative provision as close to the pupil’s current school as possible.”
Do please come back to me if you have any queries. Stay safe, well and alert!
Cllr Gordon Jones
Cabinet member for Finance & Resources
Tel. 01206 262799
Mbl. 07879 117526
IPhone 07860 208760
East Bergholt Parish Council
During the Coronavirus lockdown, the Parish Office at The Gattinetts is closed. The Parish Clerk, Graham White, is working from home and may be contacted by phone on 07801 368283 or by email at email@example.com
New Regulations have relaxed the law regarding Council meetings which may now be held remotely and the first remote Council meeting will be held by means of Zoom technology on Thursday 9 April at 7.30 pm. Members of the public may obtain remote access to view the meeting and to participate. Details of how to join the meeting are available on the Council’s website and on its Facebook page.
The above arrangements will continue until further notice.
8 April 2020
East Bergholt Parish Council
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
It is a legal requirement that the Annual Parish Meeting is held between 1 March and 1 June every year. Due to the coronavirus lockdown a physical meeting cannot take place during the specified period. Regulations have been made which relax legal provisions and enable Parish Council meetings to be held by digital conference call with remote attendance of councillors and members of the public. These Regulations do not apply to the Annual Parish Meeting and consequently the meeting cannot be held in 2020.
Despite this the Parish Council wishes to keep residents informed of its activities during 2019/20 and annual reports from the Chairman of the Council, Committee Chairmen and the District Councillor have been placed on the Council’s website (www.eastbergholt.org see Meetings – 14 May 2020).
Any member of the public wishing to make comments about the reports or to ask a question may do so by contacting the Parish Clerk (contact details below). All representations received will be considered at the next remote Council meeting.
7 May 2020
Use it or lose it!
Suffolk County Council (SCC) are withdrawing bus subsidies at the end of September. This means a number of services will disappear and East Bergholt will wave goodbye to the 796 and 94A.
This comes on top of SCC withdrawing free bus passes for new students at East Bergholt High School. Consequently, even more cars will enter the village daily.
There is a faint chance that there may be a last minute review where passenger numbers increase. Please look on line at the timetables and 'spread the word'.
Manningtree station 6.25am---East Bergholt 6.33am Manningtree station 18.35pm--- East Bergholt 18.46pm
East Bergholt Lambe school 6.05am---Station 6.14am East Bergholt Lambe school 18.17pm---Station 18.26pm
Ipswich (Cattle Market) 17.55pm---East Bergholt L.S. 18.35pm
Better Broadband for Suffolk
Local residents may be interested to know that a partnership scheme for better broadband in Suffolk has been set up between Suffolk County Council, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the New Anglia Enterprise Partnership and Suffolk's District and Borough Councils.
East Bergholt Parish Council
R. (on the application of East Bergholt Parish Council) v Babergh District Council and others
It is with real disappointment that the Parish Council must report that we have lost our appeal in the Court of Appeal against the Judicial Review decision of December 2018 to allow the building of two big estates and a smaller estate on Area of Natural Beauty land in East Bergholt. The written judgment acknowledges that the applications would have been refused under both District Council and East Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan policies, but the Judges decided that as a point of law Babergh were within their rights to use their planning judgment to determine their approach to calculating the housing land supply figures that in 2017 were used to set aside the policies in favour of a presumption to approve the applications.
The Parish Council will be assessing the implications of this judgment and will decide later this week what to do next.
I stress that the Parish Council is decidedly in favour of building the right houses, that is houses that are very much needed in our village for young people and families at a cost they can afford and for older people in need of accommodation. You will find our support for this set out more fully in the Neighbourhood Plan East Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan, but we are not in favour of uncontrolled growth of the kind of housing that just adds to the congestion of village facilities and threatens to damage the special character of our village.
Councillor Joan Miller, Chairman, East Bergholt Parish Council
Suffolk County Council Highways - Reporting Problems
Two Parish Councillors recently visited the local Suffolk County Council Highways Service Delivery Centre. The Highways Officers advised our Councillors that the most effective way of reporting any Highways issues is via the County Council's online reporting tool. Any problem will then be picked up and allocated a reference number. The issue will be looked at by an appropriate member of the Highways Team, prioritised, the area will be inspected if considered necessary, and a solution to any required work will be allocated, if considered appropriate.
Link to Parish Councillors Registers of Interests
The Parish Register of Interests demonstrating openness, fairness and transparency of the Parish Council can be found at the following link: Babergh Members Register of Interests Any queries please contact Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council by telephoning 01473 296376