Dear Parents and Carers,
Yesterday evening our Prime Minister and his scientific advisors released a raft of new advice and measures designed to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 – they are detailed in the link below:
The new key measure to avoid further transmission of COVID19 that has been offered by central government has stated that “if one person in any household has a new persistent cough or fever (high temperature), everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days”.
We cannot make the decision as to whether or not a family member in your home is demonstrating the symptoms described above. Only you are able to make this judgement for yourselves and from this decide whether or not to self-isolate as a family. I would however ask you to consider all of the risk factors before making the right decision for your family.
As a result of the latest announcements we will all have to take some difficult decisions over the coming days and these are sometimes not going to be easy solutions to the problems that lay ahead; for the school and your children’s education there are going to be far and long reaching implications however we will be doing everything in our power to mitigate and overcome them.
These are the key messages that I want you to take away:
1. The school remains open and will do for a long as we can safely do so
2. The safety of the pupils, staff and wider school community remains our top priority
3. We will take a firm line on pupil illness – if your child is ill, do not send them into school
4. All pupils who are absent because their parents have made the decision to self-isolate will be authorized
As staff we firmly believe that school should be a place of stability and support for our pupils as well as of education which is why we aim to stay open. We also want to do our bit to help get through this crisis by supporting our pupils and our parents who need to be in work and would therefore struggle if the school closed, in particular those of you working in front line services.
As ever thank you for your co-operation and understanding,