Latest Parent Mail 09.07.21

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Dear Parents,

This week, the Prime Minister announced the easing of restrictions but also emphasized the importance of us taking personal responsibility. This, together with the knowledge that the rate in young people is rising in Oxfordshire, means that I am facing this news with caution.  I take my responsibility of looking after our children and staff very seriously. As we only have three days left of term after the 19th   before the summer holidays, I hope you agree that to take chances now would be foolish.

Therefore, we will be keeping all our systems in place until the end of the school term, both inside and outside of the school gates.

We are delighted that you can join us for year group sports days but ask that you please adhere to the following:

Stay socially distanced

If you need to talk to staff, keep a distance of at least 2 meters and wear a mask

We will ask you to sign in when you arrive – please bring your own pen to do this

If you, or anyone in your family, has any symptoms of Covid19, please do not attend.

In terms of September, it would again be foolish to go straight back to the ways things were before lockdown back in March 2020. We need to wait and see what happens over the summer and see if the government’s message remains the same or changes due to any potential changes in Covid -19 rates over August. We have a plan in place for changes inside school for September- reuniting phase groups of children, for example –  and I will write to you at the end of the summer holidays when we can confirm what these changes are.

What we can say now is that we expect all children back on Thursday 2nd September and all children to attend their full statutory time. For the first two weeks back, we ask that you continue to drop your children outside the two entrances as you are presently doing, with the same staggered start and end times to the day that we have in place now.  If in September restrictions remain lifted and the rates of infection remain low, then we will review parents coming into school and the staggered times.

This decision I hope gives you time to plan for September. I also hope you understand the reason for my caution. We all hope that the message will be positive in September so that we can then put our easing of restrictions plan into operation.

Have a wonderful weekend – enjoy the football and I look forward to seeing you at our sports days.

Best wishes,

Julie Holland