To all our Parents and Carers

Following my email of Friday (and the report in the Mercury and EDP!) I have to report that there have been further developments over the weekend. Sadly, we have heard of 2 more staff who have tested positive for Covid-19 (this actually brings the overall total to 6) and we are awaiting test results on quite a few others who have developed concerning symptoms. The result of this would have been that we had only 3 classes in the school left open and one partially open.

This lunch time we have had a long discussion has taken place with our Senior Leadership Team and our Chair of Governors, and bearing all the information we now have in mind (not least the vulnerability of our pupils and some of our staff),  we have decided to shut the school completely for a week. This will give us time to re-group, ensure everything is cleaned well, break any chain of infection, and hopefully enable us to re-open on Monday 23rd November. I have also been in discussion with the Local Authority Outbreak Management Team about this.

I know and understand that this will be difficult news for many of you having implications for managing the needs of our pupils at home and your work commitments. We have not taken the decision lightly however, and hope you recognise that we have taken it with the best interests of all in mind.

All the teachers have been preparing work for pupils to try and continue at home in case this situation arose. Some of this may be able to be emailed to you, but some will need to be sent or delivered. A few of us will be in school tomorrow to try and work out how this can happen. If you receive work from school for your child, please have a go with them, but we do understand that many of our pupils struggle to do “school things” at home. There is therefore no pressure to complete the work, so please do not worry. If however, your child does do something (whether planned by school or not) that you feel is worth letting us know about, we would be delighted to hear about it.

Please contact the school if you have any need of help and we will try and find a way to support you.

Please take care and stay well

Pam Ashworth

Headteacher

15.11.20.