Dear parents/carers, colleagues and governors…
As the country moves to Step 4 of the roadmap, the government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. This marks a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered the vaccine.
The government’s priority is for us to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils and we share in this priority. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, mental and physical health.
We must comply with health and safety law, putting in place and monitoring proportionate control measures. These measures will be fluid and may change from time to time, as the circumstances in our school and the public health advice changes.
This guidance explains the actions that school will take to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England (PHE), local authority advice, the Department for Education guidance and the school’s own context and circumstances.
We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back into school in September and to a sense of normality that seems to have been such a long time coming!
Mr M Walker