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Update following latest government announcements 5th January 2021

Dear Parents, Carers and Families.

Firstly I would like to thank you for your patience this week as we try to come to terms with the ongoing new announcements from the Government and the DfE and with the impact that ‘Lockdown Three’ will have on our community and school.

As always, we remain committed to ensuring our school is a safe environment for staff and pupils in what continues to be very challenging times and we are working closely with our whole staff team to manage risk as effectively as possible but we cannot stress enough that not all risk can be mitigated.

With positive cases continuing to rise, we are not able to predict what the situation will be over the next few weeks and we need to all be mindful that we may not be able to continue to remain open if we do not have the staffing. 

Following on from our ongoing risk assessments around safe staffing many, many staff are taking their Unions advice and will only work with Key Worker and Vulnerable children and we also have several staff shielding and some staff ill. Therefore as a result of this, the whole school cannot fully reopen safely. This is in line with the 14 other Special Schools in Northamptonshire. 

School Provision;

From Wednesday 6th January, we are able to open our school to continue to offer support for our critical worker families and for children that our school or the LA deem to be vulnerable. This provision will run from 9.00-3.00pm daily, every day from the 6th January until the February half term. I am indebted to the Red Kite Leadership and whole staff team who are able to make this happen so quickly. If you have been offered a place then you will be notified today. We know that some families may not be happy that we have not been able to offer a place at this stage but these should be seen as emergency places. We will review this on a weekly basis and you should contact Samantha.Wall@redkite.school should you need further advice.

Welfare Calls;

Teachers will make a welfare call to you every Monday in line with our Safeguarding Policy.

Free School Meals;

We are awaiting the government update on this matter; if you are in need then please do contact us and we will endeavour to support you. 

Remote Learning;        

If you have requested a work pack then this will be with you shortly and you will receive a new one every two weeks; if you need more work then please do contact your child’s class teacher. They will be continuing to offer links to learning, resources and support as you need.

Mass Testing;

Further guidance will follow but this is unlikely to be in place before the 11th January and again is not compulsory and is only with parental consent.

The national picture with regard to COVID-19 continues to change at an incredible pace. I cannot stress the importance of keeping yourselves safe. I, and my entire family; my children included; have all had Covid-19 over Xmas and the New Year. It is truly awful, will take time to get over and can leave you feeling very isolated and anxious; my sympathies and well wishes are with those of you and your families who have been ill. Please make sure that you reach out and support those people around you who may be in need.

We also ask that you continue to remain diligent and continue to keep your families safe by maintaining social distancing, limiting contact with others, washing hands regularly, self-isolating if you or anyone in your home develops symptoms, and getting a test if you develop a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell. 

Thank you for continuing to support our school and each other as we work towards a safer 2021. Please do let us know if you need any support, advice or just someone to talk to.

Stay safe and well.

Donna Luck

Head Teacher

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