IMPORTANT – School Covid-19 Arrangements

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, regretfully I have to inform you that School will be moving to remote learning from tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January 2021. I know that this will come with a mixture of emotions and will be a difficult time which we will work through together to support our children and school community. Please accept my sincere apologies for the time taken to get this message to you – the Parent Mail system has naturally been overloaded this evening.

In line with Government instruction, vulnerable children and those children whose parents are critical workers may still attend and we will provide remote education for those children remaining at home. As I know you will appreciate, we have much to organise for tomorrow – your child’s class teacher will post a variety of learning tasks on Google Classroom tomorrow morning and we will provide further details on how remote learning will work tomorrow, including the loaning of school IT devices and resources, where necessary, to support your child as fully as possible.

Education in school will only be provided for those children of critical workers (please see the updated attached list) and those who are ‘vulnerable’, i.e. those who are:

  • Supported by Social Care
  • Children in Care – known as Looked After Children (LAC)
  • Young carers
  • Disabled children
  • Children with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)

Children who fall into these categories may attend school tomorrow (as per our usual timings): we will be updating and verifying our list of children of critical workers and ask that you refer carefully to the list attached for further guidance. These children should arrive at and be collected from their usual classroom – please can we request that only one parent per family enters the school grounds during these times and that all adults wear a face covering, unless exempt.

This remains a critical and unprecedented situation and we will continue to do all that we can to support our children, staff and school community. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding over the next day or so whilst we update and revise our plans once we receive further Government guidance – further changes are likely to be necessary so please continue to check through communication sent to you.

Finally, I know that the entire staff team are hugely saddened not to Covid critical worker definitions_January 2021be able to see all of our children return tomorrow – please reassure your children that we are all here for them and will continue to do all that we can. Hopefully, with our continued joint approach we can all get through this next critical period safely and look forward to more ‘normal’ times soon.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this period.

Please take care of each other and stay safe and well.

Very best wishes,

Mrs Nicolson