Following a Leadership Team meeting and receipt of the most up to date Government guidance this morning we are all confident that the school should reopen for boys at 11.00 am on Monday morning as previously planned.

Dear families,

 

Firstly, can we apologise to you for writing a school update in the Christmas holidays. I don’t think we have ever been in a situation where I have needed to do this before, but at least I can wish you a happy new year for tomorrow!

Thursday 31st December 2020

 

Dear families,

 

Firstly, can we apologise to you for writing a school update in the Christmas holidays. I don’t think we have ever been in a situation where I have needed to do this before, but at least I can wish you a happy new year for tomorrow!

 

I am sure that you will have been following the government’s updates over the past few days and will have seen yesterday’s announcement about the return of children to school. It was announced that, as expected, our school should plan to be open from next week.

Following a Leadership Team meeting and receipt of the most up to date Government guidance this morning we are all confident that the school should reopen for boys at 11.00 am on Monday morning as previously planned.

 

As much of the country has now moved into Tier 4 and cases are rising, it is even more important for us to ensure that everything is in place for your son’s return to be as safe as possible, as well as for all staff. Over the weekend we will be drawing up our procedures for the administration of lateral flow tests, and we will send further information about this next week. However, if you have any specific questions or concerns about the return to school please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

In the meantime, we thought it might be helpful to provide everyone with a reminder of some of the procedures we have in place in school to keep everyone safe:

 

  • Hands – It is really important to re-emphasise to your son the importance of hand hygiene. There will be regular reminders of this but please ensure your son understands the importance of keeping their hands clean.

 

  • Face – all staff will be wearing face coverings when moving around the school and residential buildings and when appropriate when working with boys. We ask all families and taxi drivers to remain in their cars and wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting to ensure our routines are as safe as possible.

 

  • Space – We ask the boys to socially distance as best they can when in school, but appreciate that this is not always possible to ensure. However, wherever possible members of staff will maintain 2m distance from each other and boys. We do expect parents and staff to maintain social distance from each other.

 

  • Ventilation – we will be keeping classrooms and communal spaces well ventilated. This may mean that the school buildings will be colder than they normally would be. Please ensure your son has plenty of warm clothes for both inside and outside, where necessary. We will try to use the outdoor space as much as possible during the day, even with the winter weather.

 

If any member of your family is feeling unwell, particularly if they have any of the three main symptoms of coronavirus – loss or change to sense of taste or smell, a cough or a raised temperature, please ensure that your child does not come into school. Your whole family should self-isolate in this situation and you should arrange to get tested.

 

If anyone in your family has developed Coronavirus during the Christmas break, I would be grateful if you could let us know, so that we can update our records. Please ensure if this is the case that your child does not return to school until 10 days after symptoms first appeared and then only if they are feeling better.

 

If your son will not be in school next week, it is really important that you contact us as soon as possible. It is vitally important that we keep on top of their registers so that we can make any isolation judgement calls. With this in mind, we ask you to let us school know by 9.15am if your son will not be in school. Please include the reason for absence: rather than just saying that your child is not feeling well, it is important for us to know any symptoms that they have.

 

We want to make sure that everyone in our school is as safe as possible and it will only be by working together that we can achieve this. As stated earlier, I will write again with further details about testing next week, but if you have any questions in the meantime please contact either Rob Piner on rpiner@swalcliffepark.co.uk or Rob Leigh on rleigh@swalcliffepark.co.uk

 

After all that we would like to wish you all a happy New Year and take confidence that life might hopefully return to normality soon with the approval of the vaccines.

 

With best wishes,

Kiran, Rob and Rob