In the event of a school closure, please find some links with 7 weeks of learning for your child. This link will be added onto the school website under the ‘parents’ tab. This is in addition to the work books sent home recently. If we do close, please try and spend some time with your child working through these books.
Today we had just over half of the pupils absent in school mostly self-isolating both with and without coronavirus symptoms. We also have higher than usual staff absence, some of them within the high-risk category who will be self-isolating for 12 weeks and some staff away for 14 days in isolation. As you can appreciate this is putting a strain on the school.
We appreciate that it is hard for families to make the decision to decide whether their child/children have coronavirus symptoms, especially now that the testing regime has changed. In this current pandemic, we would urge everyone to ere on the side of caution and follow the guidance from NHS 111 online.
If your child or anyone in your household displays coronavirus symptoms (cough or high temperature) then you should all self-isolate for 14 days. If you are in a high –risk category (pregnant, receiving chemotherapy, diabetic over 70 years old or any conditions where you have a weakened immune system) then you should be self-isolating for 12 weeks. Please be assured that these absences are authorised.
Due the absence rates of staff and pupils, we will have to make some tough decisions so that we maintain safe staff pupil ratios. What this may mean is that children will be combined to form new classes. Where we can, we will keep children within the same year group, however, there may come a time where we have classes of mixed year groups. Naturally we will risk assess these situations in view of the numbers and the size of the room etc.
Due to staff absence in the kitchen, we are having to provide a cold meal at lunchtimes. I will let you know if this situation changes. If you would like to provide a packed lunch for your child, you are more than welcome.
Thank you for your continued support at this difficult time.