As you will be aware from last night’s announcement, school will now be closed for the majority of children until February half term due to the rapid increase of the new variant of Covid 19 across the country. As a school, we were ready to welcome children tomorrow and looking forward to start the new term. However, this was not to be and myself and the staff share your uncertainty and possible shock at this last minute decision. I totally appreciate the inconvenience that closing school to most children will bring and the challenges that you may face in terms of child care etc. However, this is an official directive from government.
To be clear, school will now be closed to the majority of children in all classes, including nursery. This action is to significantly reduce the risk of transmitting the virus between children and then to families, the community and our own staff.
Following the guidance, we are able to offer a school place for Nursery to Year 6 children of critical workers and vulnerable children only during school hours 8.45 am to 3.00 pm from Wednesday 6th January until further notice and according to staffing levels.
If parents need the After 3’s before and after school club please contact Miss Potts by email at email@example.com to book places. Please do this even if your child usually attends the club as new arrangements may have to be made. Further details for this club are on the school website.
Parent/carers who are identified as critical workers by the Government as follows:
Official guidance for who key workers and vulnerable children are is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision?utm_source=4%20January%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19
This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
Many parents working in these critical areas may be able to ensure that their child is kept safe at home as they may have a partner not in the critical group who can look after them.
EVERY CHILD WHO CAN BE SAFELY CARED FOR AT HOME SHOULD NOT BE COMING INTO SCHOOL.
PLEASE HELP US BY KEEPING THE NUMBER OF PUPILS IN SCHOOL TO A MINIMUM –THIS PROTECTS THE PUPILS WHO NEED CARING FOR AND THE STAFF PROVIDING THIS SERVICE. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SHOULD WE RECEIVE A HIGH NUMBER OF REQUESTS FOR SCHOOL PLACES THEN A PRIORITY LIST OF KEY WORKERS WILL BE FOLLOWED TO HELP US ALLOCATE PLACES.
I WOULD ADVISE ALL PARENTS TO MAKE SOME ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDCARE OVER THE COMING WEEKS AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE
If you feel you are eligible for a place for Critical Worker/Vulnerable children please email school at firstname.lastname@example.org by 3.30 pm today and inform school of your occupation, workplace, working times and days and work contact number (proof may be required).
If your child is offered a place a text will be sent home confirming this.
Please note, if you and your child are already in isolation, then your child may not attend school until 10 days have passed.
There will be a number of arrangements that will need to be made over the next day or two. We are working hard at school to put things in place. Can I ask for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. Please note that the school phone is not being answered today. Any messages will be picked up tomorrow.
I will send out another letter tomorrow regarding Remote/Online/Home learning plans so please look out for this.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding in these very difficult times.
Best wishes to everybody
Mr G McRae