April 3rd 2020
I write to you at the end of what can only be described as the most unusual term I have ever witnessed in my teaching career. We remain in very challenging times for the Country and this is also reflected within our school communities. Please note we miss not having our pupils back at school already! My only wish for all involved with our school is that you remain well and healthy during this time.
Thank you for your unstinting support and help during this turbulent time. There is no ‘Leadership and Management Manuel’ for a situation like this! Therefore, we have tried to digest all of the very mixed messages being sent out by many parties and apply as much common sense as we can with this in mind:
-To keep us all safe and well as best we can
-To maintain good levels of communication
-To provide some form of educational continuity
We will continue to do the best that can in the circumstances that we face, but as deaths continue to rise, I cannot see an end to this current situation any time soon.
After Easter, we will return with some limited provision. A very small number of pupils and staff will be in school during the first week back, and it will only be between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
Please note that as along as things stay as they are, medical advice is consistent in saying that the best place for your child is at home. There may be pupils with parents as Key Workers and with some individual challenges that may come into school. If any child has a medical condition (asthma related, heart, lungs etc.) then they should not keep away from school.
Social distancing and good behaviour will be essential during this time to avoid any contact and potential spread of the virus. We cannot expect staff to put hands on students to guide them or support them with the associated risks that this poses.
I hope that the current situations goes away as quickly as possible. I continue to have a range of concerns for both pupils and staff. For example, the national debate about testing is one that needs to be clarified, so that staff know if they have had the virus, in the same way as it applies to NHS workers and their families. Therefore, I am sure we all hope that we are in a clearer and more positive place after the next two weeks of school holiday.
Take care of each other and I look forward to a return to normality as soon as possible.