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January 2021 Reopening

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you have had a restful Christmas and I wish you a happy New Year.

I am very aware of the high-profile attention the re-opening of schools has had over the Christmas break and the confusing messages which you may have been receiving. I receive the news about the opening of schools at the same time as you do. I have been waiting for guidance from the Local Authority and Government as to the best way to proceed with regards to reopening tomorrow. St Andrew’s will follow the Government’s instructions and open tomorrow (Monday 4 January).

Our firm belief is that we want the school to be open and your children to be learning in as safe an environment as we can make it. In order to facilitate this, we will continue with the safeguarding procedures already in place.

These include (but not only);

  • keeping the children in Key Stage Phase ‘bubbles’ at all times in school (including separate break and lunchtimes)
  • no sharing of equipment or resources across different bubbles
  • thorough hand sanitising throughout the day
  • social distancing as much as we physically can
  • varied entrances
  • cleaning of contact points throughout the day
  • only having essential visitors in school
  • staff able to wear PPE (if they choose to)
  • staggered access and exit to the site.

Mr Barsby, our Site Manager, and his team have deep cleaned the school and it is ready for the new term. There will be ongoing cleaning and ventilation regimes throughout the day and we are constantly looking at local infection rates and government guidance. We are doing all we can to keep everyone safe.

If the worst happens and we have to close either the whole school or just a ‘bubble’, we are ready to put back in place the high-quality offer of online education that we have used previously. The next few months are going to be challenging for us all and all the staff will be working extremely hard to support you and your families whatever happens. The next few months are going to be challenging for us all. I appeal to you to also play your part and remain vigilant. Please continue to wear masks as you access the site. Please also remain aware of symptoms of the virus and act swiftly if you or your child show any symptoms, in order to keep everyone safe. It is also really important to keep the school informed of any potential outbreak of the virus. Together we have shown great resilience over the past 10 months of this pandemic. By sticking together in the coming months, we can get through this difficult period and continue to make St Andrew’s a safe place to learn.

If you have any questions please let us know through the school office.

Kind regards

Mrs A Williams

Head Teacher