Before we start the new term, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with an update of where we are at the moment and just offer a few helpful reminders. Before I go any further, I would first like to thank all those parents who sent in messages of support for our staff during what was a very difficult time for the school. A significant number of our teaching and support staff tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the half-term break, however I am pleased to report they have all bounced back or are well on their road to recovery. Thankfully I have received confirmation of only three positive cases amongst the children.
At this point, I can confirm that we are expecting to see our Foundation children ( Nursery, Classes 1 & 2) and Key Stage 1 children (Classes 3,4 & 5) return to school on Monday 26th October.
Our children in Key Stage 2 (Classes 6-11) will be expected to return to school on Wednesday 28th October. This will allow for the 14 days isolation period to have passed.
I will be working with a number of partners in the coming days to update our school’s Covid-19 risk assessment and I will inform parents in due course of any updates or changes to our Covid prevention measures. My highest priority is to ensure that the school remains open as fully as possible over the coming weeks and months and that the impact of any Coronavirus cases is kept to a minimum. Parents should be mindful however that their child may well be required to self-isolate on a number of occasions over the coming months should further outbreaks arise.
In order to assist with offsetting this possibility, I would ask that all parents wear a face mask or face guard when coming onto to the school premises and also maintain a strict 2 metre distance from one another. I would also ask that you remind your child of the importance of washing their hands regularly. These simple steps will help us to mitigate the risk of further infection and allow the school to remain open for longer.
Due the high number of teachers who have been affected by Covid-19, children’s reports will now be sent to parents of children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 on Monday 4th November. For parents of children in Reception, your child’s teacher will be contacting you to arrange an online consultation.
Finally, I want to reassure parents that we will endeavour to keep life in school as normal as possible for the children when they return. Although we have suffered a brief setback, we will return stronger and wiser and better equipped to deal with any further Covid disruptions.
I look forward to seeing the children return to school next week and don’t forget that the clocks go back an hour this weekend!