Headteacher's Newsletter 09/04/21

Dear Parents or Carer,

I hope you have all enjoyed the Easter break and have been able to take part in activities that we have been unable to enjoy prior to the publication of the new guidance and the Government announcement on Monday 5th April 2021.

In my letter to you at the end of the Spring Term, I wrote to you indicating that if there were changes to the guidance surrounding schools and their day to day operations I would write to you.

I am now able to indicate those changes to you in readiness for the start of the Summer Term on Monday 12th April 2021.  The guidance has been updated with regard to the Test and Trace Support Payments, expectations regarding clinically extremely vulnerable students and educational visits. 

With regard to the Test and Trace Support Payments, we wrote to you before Easter giving guidance and details as to the criteria necessary to obtain payment. The following brief passage once again highlights the criteria:

Parents and carers may be eligible for a one-off Test and Trace Support Payment of £500. This is payable in one lump sum from the local authority.

To be eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment, you must:

  • be on a low income
  • be unable to work from home
  • be at risk of losing income as a result of self-isolating
  • be living in England
  • meet the eligibility criteria

 

Our support staff, here in school, will be able to provide support if you encounter application difficulties.

It is possible that some students, parents/carers and households may be reluctant or anxious about attending school even after the Government announcement on Monday. This may include students who:

  • have themselves been shielding previously but have been advised they no longer need to shield
  • live in a household where someone is clinically vulnerable (CV) or clinically extremely vulnerable CVE (including young carers)

As always, we as a school will work with you to provide that personalised support to ensure that the outcome of any discussion is right for your child, at this present time. 

Educational visits are an important aspect of school life and as with many other parts of schooling they have been stopped as part of the steps to ensure that schools are as Covid secure as possible.  As of Monday 12th April 2021, Educational Day Visits will resume, therefore ensuring that our students may, once again, benefit from that invaluable additional experience that Educational Visits bring. 

With regard to the wearing of face masks in and around school; the guidance remains the same as it did before the Easter break.  Face masks should continue to be worn in classrooms and when moving around school.  The guidance goes on to indicate that it is expected that face masks will no longer be required to be worn in classrooms, or by students in other communal areas, at Step 3 of the roadmap, which will be no earlier than Monday 17th May 2021.  As that date approaches I will update you further with regard to their removal.

I shall, of course, continue to update you all with any changes to the guidance that enables us all, incrementally, to return to a pre pandemic school.

I hope you all enjoy the remainder of the Easter break and I look forward to the return of all of our students on Monday 12th April 2021.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Gareth Jones