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Dear Parents, Carers and Families.

I would like to provide you with an update on the agreed arrangements for the return to school in January this week and would like to stress that any late changes are totally out of our hands. 

As always, we remain committed to ensuring our school being 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. 

With positive cases continuing to rise, we are not able to predict what the situation will be over the next few weeks. 

Today I have carried out copious and ongoing risk assessments around safe staffing; many staff are taking their Unions advice and will only work with Key Worker and Vulnerable children and we also have several staff shielding. As a result the whole school cannot fully reopen safely. We will use Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th of January to undertake all necessary risk assessments to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all learners when they return. During these 2 days, schools will be closed to all learners. 

From Wednesday 6th January, I am able to open our school to continue to offer support for our critical worker families within the following groups:

 • Blue light workers, including NHS, Police and Fire Service staff 

• Health and Social care staff, including care workers 

• Front line childcare or education staff 

We will also offer provision 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. Tomorrow, the 4th January you will receive a call from your child’s class teacher and they will ask about whether you meet the criteria. A place in the provision will be confirmed via email by 5th January by 11.00am by Sam Wall/Natalie Lawler.

Access to this provision should continue to be seen as a last resort in order to ensure that we mitigate all risks and keep everyone safe and only if there are no alternative arrangements possible. The national picture with regard to COVID-19 continues to change at an incredible pace. 

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. 

At this stage I am hopeful that we may be able to open fully from the 18th January but this will be dependent on many factors that are out of my control. 

Thank you for continuing to support our school and each other as we work towards a safer 2021. 

Stay safe and well.

Donna Luck

Head Teacher