Newsletter - 21st January 2021
I thought I would touch base with you to check whether you are okay? We all think you are doing a tremendous job at home and would like to say a warm thank you for all of your hard work at this challenging time.
Please remember to contact your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns about your child’s learning. We are in the process of writing a Remote Education Policy and this will appear on the school website very soon.
On a different note:
Please read on as this may affect the provision we can provide to children who are currently coming into school. We hope it won’t but it is my duty to keep you informed about anything that might alter our current arrangements.
You may have seen in the media that all Education Staff are being offered Lateral Flow Covid tests. Our tests are arriving on Tuesday 26th January. It is not a mandatory test but the majority of my staff are likely to opt in to this scheme in order to help the NHS and reduce the transmission rate of the virus.
As many of you will know, from the media, that 1 in 3 people are asymptomatic and by using these tests it can help detect people who may be carrying the virus without symptoms.
As staff, we will be taking the tests twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday evening. Any staff member with a positive result will have to self – isolate immediately and book a PCR test as soon as possible to fully confirm the result.
Staff will contact me with their lateral flow test result and if positive both myself and the School Governors will make a decision on staffing levels/provision and whether we are able to provide for those children who currently coming into school. The very worst-case scenario would be too few staff available to open the school. The risk is very small but I have to inform you that it could potentially happen.
In addition to that, if a staff member does report a positive case, I will have to follow the flow chart and contact the DFE helpline where a risk assessment will be jointly made as to the impact on the bubbles in school.
If there are any changes to the daily running of the school, I will do my best to contact you as quickly as I can but please be patient as there will be various protocols I will have to follow.
You will be contacted via ParentPay of any changes to provision in school during this time. If you are not on ParentPay and your child is in currently in school, it is essential to let me know so that I am able to contact you via a different method. Information will also be put on the front page of our website.
We are thinking positively and hoping that all members of staff will have negative results every week, but it is only fair to let you know in advance of what we are doing and the impact it might have.
Thank you in advance for your support in this matter.