Dear Parents and carers
 
Due to the Covid-19 case numbers rising rapidly across the whole of the country; new national restrictions are starting from today. During the next four weeks schools are to remain open as the government have said keeping schools open is a priority for them as it supports children's wellbeing and education. We have put into place a number of protective measures which are detailed in our risk assessment. These measures make the school as safe as is possible given the needs of our children and the nature of our buildings. 
 
The challenge we will face though is that we have a number of staff who are in the clinically extremely vulnerable group and have to shield and so will not be in school. At the same time we have staff who are unwell, self-isolating or awaiting test results. This means that we will have situations where the staffing levels in classes are unsafe and we will have to close or partially close these classes. We will limit this as much as we can but I am afraid it is very likely and unfortunately we saw it happening during last half term.
 
If your child's doctor has confirmed that your child is still clinically extremely vulnerable then they should not attend during this period of national restrictions. You should be receiving a letter confirming this from the NHS and if you do could you please let us know. 
 
The additional guidance that we have is now advising that our secondary aged pupils wear face coverings when they move about the school and are not in their classroom bases. Many of our pupils will be exempt from this requirement but if your child can wear a face covering, and is prepared to wear it, please could you send them into school with one. Our own staff will be wearing face coverings when they are moving about the school but not in their classroom.
 
Thank you for support during these very difficult times.
 
Best wishes
 
Daniel  

Risk Assessment