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School update
26/02/2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are looking forward to having all pupils back in school on March 8th following the latest government guidance. As you are aware the advice for special schools has been different during this period and we have tried to support as many pupils with face to face teaching as possible, whilst maintaining a safe environment for all. I’d like to thank all of you and all of the school staff for their support during this very challenging time.

I appreciate that this will be anxious time for some of you as children return and I would like to reassure you that all the measures to keep everyone safe remain in place. This includes enhanced cleaning and personal hygiene regimes, use of PPE, face coverings and face visors. Class bubbles will also remain small with extremely limited contact to anyone outside of their group. All staff have been offered the first of their Covid vaccinations with very good take up and this should help to limit any potential spread within school.  Twice weekly Covid testing is undertaken by staff to pick up on any asymptomatic individuals. As yet we do not have any plans to test pupils in school as we feel this may be counterproductive when moving towards full attendance and detrimental to pupil’s mental health. However, we will keep this under review and home testing kits are available for secondary aged pupils. If you would like one of these kits for your child, please let us know and we can arrange for one to be sent home.

Transport is resuming as normal on the 8th March, our pupils our exempt from wearing face masks but can wear one if they wish. The whole of the transport route is considered one bubble for the close contact tracing and if a child or adult tests positive on that route then that bubble would need to self-isolate.

If you still have concerns about sending your child into school, please raise these with their class teacher next week. This will enable us to put a supportive plan in place and hopefully reduce the anxiety.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our remote learning questionnaire. The results showed that the vast majority of families were happy with the support they were receiving with their child’s education. A few of you raised issues around not having access to a laptop or poor internet connection. We can help with both of these issues by loaning laptops and arranging for additional data either through broadband or 4G.

With so many children accessing remote education and online content it’s really important that we keep update with online safety both in school and at home. The government have just updated their advice and guidance for parents and it can be viewed here.

Please keep in touch with school and do share any concerns about our full reopening.

Thanks for your support,

Stuart
Headteacher