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January 2021 Update from Mrs Le Roux

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope that many of you managed to have some special time with you family over the break. These are difficult times and it has been a challenge to all of us! As much as I am looking forward to seeing our pupils back in school on Tuesday, please do not send your child to school if they are at all unwell or if anyone in your family is displaying symptoms of the coronavirus. Current evidence is showing that children are often not showing symptoms (asymptomatic), but are carrying the virus and then passing it on to others.


If anyone in your family show any of the symptoms, please ensure they get a test, and that you as a family isolate until the result is back. If the result is positive, you must all isolate for 10 days from the day of the test. If someone else in your family then tests positive, you must all isolate again from the day of the test. Please ensure that any of this information is passed on to me via the school office.


Our online learning platform, Seesaw, is regularly updated with videos from our class teachers. If you are finding this difficult to access (including not having access to good technology), then please contact Mrs Wright, via the school office. She will be able to help you with logging on and ensuring you have everything you need.


During the recent outbreak at school we had 11 confirmed cases amongst the school community. As the isolation period came to an end, I also had some parents confirming to me that they had tested positive. Sadly, for some of our families and our staff, they were quite unwell over the 2 week break. 


As the term starts, we will work hard to keep the school fully open. However, I need to let you know that already I am struggling to ensure that we have enough staff in school due to illness and isolation. There may be days when I have to ask you to keep your child at home if their class needs to close. I will not take this decision lightly, and our Governors and the local authority will be involved in any discussions prior to closure.


Finally, my staff continue to work tirelessly to ensure that school feels safe and happy when your child arrives every day. Please be reassured that will continue to prioritise this, whether your child is in class or learning at home, over the coming months. 


If you have any questions or concerns, I am in school and available from Monday. Karen, Carly and Stephanie will be in the school office taking calls and checking our school emails each day. I am fully committed to ensuring you have the information you need to make decisions about the health and wellbeing of your child and your family. 


Please stay safe and stay in touch

Mrs Le Roux