Happy New Year to you and your families. I am writing to provide an update regarding the opening of school at the start of the Spring term.
I am sure you will have been watching the news regularly and growing increasingly concerned about the number of cases of COVID across the country and the confusion over school opening.
Following a review of the school's risk assessment and due to reduced staffing levels, I regret to inform you that we have made the decision to only open the schools this week to children whose parents are key workers or who are deemed vulnerable.
For all other children we will be moving to remote education and therefore children will be learning from home from Wednesday 6th January 2021. Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January are both planned INSET days and children are not expected in school.
We have not been in a position to make this decision until this afternoon and we will be writing to you tomorrow with further details.
I am aware that you will have many questions and Senior Leaders are working out the details as I write to you. I realise that this decision will cause significant disruption to families but the situation we face is very serious. You have been very supportive of our school and I know that we will continue to work together through these very challenging times.
Leaders wanted to inform you of this decision in order to give as much notice as possible for the necessary arrangements to be made. A further letter will be sent tomorrow giving more details.