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Covid Letter 22nd October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to thank all of parents for their patience and support, the last two weeks have been one of the most challenging and stressful for the whole school community.   The situation with COVID is constantly changing and as you are all aware the rates are currently rising.   I hope all our families are taking care.  For children self-isolating, I want to say we are missing you and I hope you are completing the work set, we look forward to seeing you after the half term holiday.

I would like to try to reassure parents that the school is following the guidelines and we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption for our families.   The school is operating in bubbles as set out in our protocol’s document that was shared with you via the website in September.  We group the children to ensure that we are able to provide the best educational support for the children.  This is the reason that some children from other year groups have had to self-isolate as well as whole classes.  However where ever possible children are kept in class bubbles, so they eat their lunch and go out to play as a class, not a year group.  This helps minimise the numbers of children that may have to be sent home when a bubble closes.

I recognise that we have had three bubble’s that have had to close due to having positive cases, however I would like to reassure you that the transmission of these cases have not been linked through school.  Infection in one bubble has not moved to another bubble – we have to accept that we are a large school and have a large staff, this means that we have more chances of pupils or staff having a positive test for COVID.

I do understand parents becoming upset and in some cases angry that they have to collect children to self –isolate and I fully appreciate the impact this has for everyone.  We never take the decision to close a bubble lightly, however our only concern is for the health and well-being of the children and staff in our care, we take advice from the local authority and follow their guidance.   I would love to be able to say that this will not happen again, however we have to realistic and say that we do not know what will happen as we move forward. 

If you have any worries or concerns please contact the school, we are happy to explain how we are following the guidance.    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the hard work the staff are doing to ensure that the children in school have fun and are accessing a full curriculum, even with challenging guidelines.    We value your support in wearing face coverings when dropping off or collecting children and contacting school as soon as possible if your child is not able to attend.

I hope that everyone takes care over the half term holiday.  I look forward to seeing everyone return on 2nd November.

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs Hodgkins

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