Students with EHCPs

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, I hope this message finds you well and as safe as possible in the uncertain times. We wanted to update you as far as we can with Government guidelines specifically for those children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and I will endeavour to post updates as we have them.

As I am sure you appreciate, we are trying to keep up with the ever evolving guidance for those children with EHCPs and their up to date support needs as individuals to access education whilst keeping them as safe as possible. We made our best effort to action the advice for vulnerable groups and we were able to contact all families of children with EHCPs to seek your views on the available Child Care arrangements. We thank you all for those conversations which allowed us to make provision, as best we could under these ever changing circumstances.
As you are aware, there are many variables which are changing daily and sometimes hourly and want to reassure you that we will continue to work together through regular contact to gain your views, as and when things are altered and changed.

Late yesterday, we received information which included the paragraph below: Those with an EHC plan should be risk-assessed by their school or college in consultation with the local authority (LA) and parents, to decide whether they need to continue to be offered a school or college place in order to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home. This could include, if necessary, carers therapists or clinicians visiting the home to provide any essential services. Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home.
We have contacted some parents again today and will continue to do so as the need arises to keep individual Risk Assessments and support needs current with the intention of meeting the needs of our learners which undoubtedly requires that partnership working.

To reassure you, we have today been notified that: Parents who consent to changes to, or reductions in, their child’s provision during this outbreak will not be considered to have agreed a permanent change to what their child needs in their EHC plan.
Please contact the SENCOs in your school if you have any additional information that you would like to share or discuss, I know that they are working hard to keep in touch with you on a regular basis.

If there are any concerns that cannot be resolved via this route, please feel free to contact me directly via email snewstead@cumbriaeducationtrust.org

Kind regards,

Sue Newstead
Director of Learning Provision (SENCO)

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