I know that there are those of you who are disappointed that we didn’t contact you yesterday.
I must emphasise that this is not want I want: I want all our children in school full time and was extremely proud of our high rate of attendance last term. Every day the children are not in school is a day of sadness for me.
However, the new data showing the number of positive cases of Covid and associated deaths is frightening and I understand the need for this national lockdown.
As I explained yesterday, looking at the key worker list on the government website pretty much covers all workers. Coupling this with all the children we have who fulfil the vulnerable criteria, we would have over 300 children in school which would defeat the object of lockdown, All key worker jobs are equally as important and please do be offended that in this first phase we have narrowed this down to children of parents/carers whose work is critical to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) response where there is no option for anyone to be at home.
Once we have all these children in place, our intention is to look at opening up to more children of key workers. As yet, we have no guidance as to what our maximum number of children in school should be. What is essential is that everyone who works and learns in the school is as safe as possible.
Likewise, the advice for nurseries attached to primaries is still not clear but I hope there will be more clarity about this over the next couple of days.
In the meantime, we are ensuring that our remote learning is of the best quality possible and please let us know if you are having any problems accessing this.
It is not easy to marry the government’s message of Stay Home to Stay Safe but also Stay Open and Keep Everyone Safe but I promise you that we are doing all we can.
I will stay in regular touch.