Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas, notwithstanding the Covid-19 restrictions that we are all living with.
As you know, we have worked incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March to keep our schools as safe as possible, and that work has continued over the Christmas holiday period. I would like to thank our incredible staff for their commitment and professionalism, which has seen many working over the holidays.
My letter today includes important information relating to your child’s return to school this term.
Due to the current coronavirus conditions, we have taken the decision to delay the full return of all pupils to school until Thursday 7th January.
As you may be aware from recent news, guidance for schools has been rapidly and frequently changing over the past couple of weeks. Delaying our full return will allow us additional time to ensure our risk assessments and health and safety measures are comprehensive and up-to-date, in line with all of the latest guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education. The situation is fast-moving, and if there are any further changes to our full opening plans or dates, we will keep you informed. Indeed, there are set to be further announcements by the Prime Minister at 8pm this evening, which may further affect our plans.
For Tuesday 5th January and Wednesday 6th January, most pupils will have remote learning. However, we will have on-site provision available for pupils classed as vulnerable and for the children of key workers.
This means that:
Vulnerable children are those who:
Key workers are those who work in:
Please complete the survey below if you are a critical worker. Please email me directly if you are in the vulnerable category and wish your child to be in school. I am very sorry for the short notice, but if you can do this today that would be incredibly helpful.
As before, a great deal of planning and risk assessment has gone into ensuring that our school continues to be as safe as possible for pupils and staff, in line with latest Government and Public Health England guidance. We will continue to take decisions in the best interests of our pupils and staff, working with you and keeping you informed every step of the way.
We will be in touch tomorrow as to how to access remote learning. We are moving towards all KS1 and KS2 children having access to Google Classrooms, but we have had some technical hitches today.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued support and understanding as we all deal with these challenges together. Please do continue to take care and stay safe.
Tara Penny Elizabeth Underwood
Head of School Executive Head
Fill | Survey of Chagford CE Primary School Critical Workers: January 2021
If you are a critical worker please complete this questionnaire, having read the accompanying letter to parents regarding the move to blended learning on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th January 2021. This will help us plan for school-based education of critical workers' children over the next 2 days. All other children will have access to blended learning in accordance with our Three Hares Remote Education Plan. Thank you.