4th January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
Information about the start of term
You will be aware of the rapid rise in case numbers in our area and indeed in many areas of the country and of the pressure the health service is currently under. You may also be aware that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) who advise the government, have made it clear that they feel schools should be closed for a period to relieve this pressure and to allow further progress with testing and vaccination.
Against this background, the National Education Union (NEU), which represents some teachers in school, and UNISON, which represents some support staff, have recommended that their members do not return to work this term to schools that are fully open. We expect to hear the decision taken by staff later today and we will then be able to make a decision, with our Chair of Governors, about whether it is possible for the school to remain fully open.
We therefore wanted to let you know there is a possibility that school may have to move to remote learning for some or all classes. The school would remain open for Key Worker and Vulnerable children in this instance.
If you would like a Key Worker place for your child/ren, please fill out the survey below as soon as possible.
We apologise that we cannot give you a definite plan now and do understand the difficulties that this will cause. This is an incredibly difficult decision for staff to have to make. The situation is fast moving, and we will update you as soon as we possibly can later today with further news.