You will be aware that the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise nationally and locally. This rise in cases is now beginning to appear within school. There are currently a large number of staff having to self-isolate due to the national Track and Trace service instruction.
Our top priority is to keep our students in school learning safely and effectively. I am confident that our risk-assessments, cleaning procedures and internal track and trace systems are robust and effective. Additionally, we have worked with Public Health England each time a positive case has been reported to identify close contacts within school and instruct them to isolate as required. Nevertheless, we have reached a critical point with staffing numbers and have made the difficult decision to remote educate some students. This has been done to ensure the staff to student ratio in school is legal, safe and effective.
From Monday 23rd November 2020 we will have a partial, operational closure of the school, and are asking that all Year 8 students remain home between Monday 23rd November 2020 and Friday 27th November 2020. They will be expected to follow their curriculum through Microsoft Teams. We will ensure that all Year 8 students are prepared to work at home by deploying laptops where possible or a distance learning work-pack. Provision will be made for any Year 8 children of key-workers to attend school during the operational closure. If you are a key-worker and require provision for your child please complete the form attached here Key-worker provision.
All students in other year groups should attend as normal unless they are displaying symptoms or are self-isolating.
If your child is in receipt of a free school meal they are still entitled to this during the partial closure, and we will distribute a voucher as previously.
Thank you for your continued support throughout these challenging times.