Update on information for starting back in the new year
Dear parents, carers and families.
Update – 18th December 2020
You may have seen in the press that schools have been issued with yet another set of last minute announcements. Yesterday, we received notice that all secondary schools will be expected to implement a staggered start to 2021; at present, unless guidance changes, we will be open on the 5th January to all children.
We also received notice this week that schools will be expected to become Covid -19 test centres in January with mass testing of children and staff and I know that this will worry many of you. I am urging you please not to worry at this stage about what this means and to reassure you that absolutely no testing of children would ever take place without full parental consent.
In order to assess this new expectation for schools fully, I will need to spend some time considering the implications of staffing, physical spaces, training, recording systems and safety with the senior leadership team and our governors. There is a huge amount of work involved in setting this up, so it is incredibly unhelpful that this information was released right at the end of term. I hope to be able to provide you with further information on this at the start of the new calendar year.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for your support throughout this term. We have received messages of thanks, recognition and motivation that have kept us going during the most challenging of times. Your comments have been greatly appreciated and are highly valued by the staff.
I hope you are all able to enjoy a restful, peaceful, and healthy festive period.
Merry Christmas and safe and peaceful 2021.