Dear Parents and carers,
As I am sure you are aware, a number of local schools, have had to close bubbles and key stages due to a child returning a positive Covid result. Fortunately, we HAVE NOT had any positive results. It has come to our attention that there are rumours on social media stating we have. This is false information and not helpful at all.
I totally understand that this is a scary and anxious time for everyone and would like to thank you all for your support as we work together. Arriving at school wearing masks, observing social distancing and observing drop off and pick up times is a great help to us all and will help us try to keep our school community safe.
Like you, we are all concerned about the possibility of catching Covid19 and just as many of our families have members that are in many different ways particularly vulnerable, so do a number of our staff. As a school we are committed to doing the best possible job we can to keep your children safe; we have a robust Risk Assessment that is reviewed daily, have an enhanced cleaning regime, are restricting visitors on site and have increased handwashing and sanitising throughout the school. We have also divided into smaller ‘bubbles’ to try and limit the chances of infection but sadly are not immune from Coronavirus. As our children increase the numbers they mix with not just in school but in Sports Clubs, Play Centres, Restaurants, Cinemas etc then the risk to all of us increases.
If we have a child who returns a positive result to a Covid test, we will act swiftly and decisively, closing the bubble when necessary. We will strictly follow the guidance provided to schools by Public Health England and follow any and all instructions that they give us in order to keep our school community safe.
I appreciate that this guidance may not be what you want to hear but we are legally obliged to follow it. The Government has been very clear in its instructions to schools that we reopen and we are doing the best job that we can. As such, when bubbles close I would ask that you are respectful when talking to staff – we do not work for Public Health England and we have not written the guidance, shouting at office staff or teaching staff is not going to change anything and is inappropriate.
Staff have a right to come to work without being verbally abused and/ or threatened by parents and we will ban parents from the school grounds if they are verbally abusive or threatening towards staff.
The decision to close school is one that would be taken in conjunction with the Academy Trust, School Governors, the Local Authority and Public Health England. The decision to close school would be a last resort.