School opening update – 4th January 2021
- Posted by: Endre Gal
- Category: News
Dear Parents and Carers
No doubt that you will have watched the Prime Minister’s statement about school closures as we are going into lockdown.
The picture for special schools is that we will remain open at the present time. However, this will cause problems on a Safeguarding and Health and Safety basis, due to staff shortages that will be inevitable as we have clinically vulnerable staff and staff who have children in mainstream schools.
If at all possible, please in the first instance can you keep your child at home so we can safely plan for the coming weeks.
Transport routes will be open tomorrow and until the end of the week until the picture becomes more established. Of course, children of key workers will be welcome.
We will have to work at pace tomorrow and plan for a sensible approach, which will keep everyone as safe as possible. It is very clear that the present mutation of the virus makes it very easy to transmit between people and the SAGE committee advice is that children in the main will need to be in lockdown.
My staff will need to prepare for online learning and face to face teaching, collate work packs, ensure children in exam years get the right education (but exams will be cancelled and I can only assume these will now be teacher assessed) and we absolutely will need to carry out in-depth risk assessment, arrange Free School Meals…many, many tasks to keep everything running smoothly.
At the present time I have had no official advice from the DfE.
As soon as the picture becomes clearer, I will let you know. I felt it was important that I communicate with you this evening to give you some sort of picture of our present landscape in school.
Best wishes and most of all keep safe.