Message from Mrs. Castell
Thank you to staff and parents that have been so supportive this week. It was disappointing and understandably for parents very challenging that we had to close a bubble this week to most children in EYFS. I understand there have been some questions as to why some children have been able to come to school. If there is a positive case the decisions regarding isolation come from Public Health England. The children not in school on the relevant days are still able to attend school if we have the staff available. We were lucky to have had staff who were remote teaching but not on site who could cover. I can assure you that Public Health England was satisfied that our risk assessment was very strong and our actions correct.
We had a celebration in school this week, our wonderful site manager Mr Turner (now known as Mr Mender by some of the children!) had his 25 year anniversary of working for the Infant and Junior schools. Thank you for all you do Mr Turner, especially for all your extra help during the lockdown periods to ensure the safety and security of the school site and looking after us all. For those of you that don’t know, Mr Turner is the first on site and the last to leave!
Thank you for taking the time to talk to our staff, we do enjoy keeping in touch and we feel this is so important at this time. We appreciate some of your frustration at the current situation and we all feel the same as you with the uncertainty that exists at the moment. Please do share your concerns specific to you and your children, we want to help as much as we can, but let’s make the most of the time to discuss how all of you are getting on when contacting you and not discussing the general frustrations with lockdown! If only we had a hotline to Boris we may be able to answer your questions!!
A reminder we close for half term next Friday, 12th February, key worker children return and remote education starts again on Monday, 22nd February.
Hopefully the reports of bad weather will not cause us an issue next week. However the normal strategies we put into place if the weather is bad such as joining together classes or children coming into the hall if staff get delayed are not open to us this year as we cannot mix bubbles and staff to limit the transmission of the virus. These extreme circumstances may mean we are more likely to close. Please follow the attached link for our Guidance on Temporary Closures.
Stay safe and in the words of Captain Sir Tom Moore “tomorrow will be a good day”!