School Reopening Tuesday 5th January
School reopening Tuesday 5th January
4th January 2021
Partial Closure (return to Emergency Provision) from 5th January 2021
It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to inform you that we are NO LONGER able to re-open fully as planned on Tuesday 5th January 2021.
You may well have seen media speculation about the opening of schools. The most recent advice from SAGE, the scientists advising the government, is that schools should not open in January, other than for children of key workers and vulnerable children, because new variants of Covid-19 are leading to significantly increased rates of Covid-19 since schools closed for Christmas.
We have a number of staff who have been ill with coronavirus over the Christmas holidays, and some are not yet well enough to return to work. The NEU and Unison trade unions have also both issued guidance to their members that, with the emergence of the new strain of the virus and the rapidly rising rates of infection, it is not currently possible for schools to provide a safe environment if they re-open to all pupils, even with the extensive measures that they acknowledge schools have put in place to minimise the risks of transmission.
Following consultation with school staff and with the support of the Thames Learning Trust, I have taken the difficult decision to only open the school to Year 6 children (who will still be completing their SATs in May 2021), and Keyworker and vulnerable children who attended school during the previous lockdown period.
This means that the school will ONLY be open to Year 6 children, Key Workers’ children and vulnerable children, until January 18th. We will still be able to offer breakfast club and after school club to all those children who are on site. Staff will provide remote learning for those pupils who are unable to be onsite during this period. (Please be aware that their usual teacher may not be teaching children who are onsite).
I appreciate that the employment status of some parents and carers may have changed since the last lockdown period. With this in mind, a new keyworker survey will be sent to all families in the next 48 hours asking if a place is required for your child/ren due to keyworker status and requesting you provide evidence of this status.
Please DO NOT send your child/ren to school on Tuesday if they are not in Year 6 or have a keyworker or vulnerable place.
We will be reviewing this weekly and will keep you updated about full school opening and hope that this will be from Monday 18th January. In the meantime, please stay safe and well.
With very best wishes and thanks once again for all your support in these incredibly difficult times.