A statement by the Headteacher, countersigned by the Chair of Governing Body.
‘Parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can [including those of critical workers]’ (Critical Key Worker Guidance – Gov UK 4thJanuary 2021)
PUPIL NUMBERS AT SCHOOL CONTINUE TO RISE, DESPITE LOCKDOWN, AND I AM CONCERNED FOR THE SAFETY OF THOSE ATTENDING AS WELL AS THE DETRIMENTAL IMPACT THAT INCREASING NUMBERS ON SITE WILL HAVE ON THE ABILITY OF STAFF TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE REMOTE LEARNING FOR OTHERS.
The number of pupils attending school in this lockdown is more than 5 fold that during the first and has nearly doubled over the last 2 school days. This is not sustainable, safe, or in the spirit or of the guidance issued by the government.
Parents are respectfully reminded that government clearly states that you should only send your child to school if there is no alternative - even if you are recognised as a critical worker. I am aware that some families are interpreting the guidance as meaning they can send their child to school even when there is a safe substitute for care, such as another adult at home or when they are not at work. This is not the intent of the document issued.
In its simplest form, regardless of eligibility, if there is an adult at home your child should not be at school. Eligibility, necessity and safety are not necessarily compatible at this time.
Whilst schools are not unsafe they may be vectors for transmission in communities’ – ‘those who can stay at home, must stay at home’(Prime Minister, Boris Johnson)
I am aware of a number of schools that are now having to turn away families with legitimate need as a result of the high volumes of parents attempting to access school for their child when it is not necessary. I do not wish to be placed in a position where I am required to act similarly.
I request that you only send your child if:
Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.
STAY AT HOME AND STAY SAFE