Dear Parents & Carers,
Countdown to Christmas: Keeping our whole school community safe
As you are no doubt aware, the second national lockdown ends on Wednesday and Wolverhampton will enter Tier 3 of the restrictions: the highest tier with the strictest restrictions.
Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst it is likely to be a very different one to what we are used to, we all still deserve to have a very merry Christmas with our families. At present, the Government have said that schools will NOT close early for the Christmas holiday.
We have had a number of bubble closures over the past few weeks and the last thing we want to do is to have to close a bubble in the coming weeks, and especially not the final week, leaving our children and staff with no alternative but to isolate over the festive period.
As a school, we are doing all that we can to keep everyone safe. We are putting several additional measures in place to try to limit the number of children who need to isolate should a bubble need to close. For the next few weeks, we will form class bubbles in school so that classes do not mix. The playground and dining areas have been segregated further so that children only play and sit with other children in their classes.
To help us keep everyone safe, well and able to have the family Christmas we all deserve, we ask parents to support us with the following:
Do not mix with other households when standing on the gates at the start and end of the day. Maintain a safe distance between you and the person(s) in front of you. Tier 3 states that households should not mix. We are still seeing parents queue with others who do not have children on that side of school.
If your child is displaying ANY cold or flu symptoms, please keep them at home and arrange for a test. They can return to school following a negative result.
If ANYONE in your household has a test, the whole household should isolate until the results come back. There have been cases where parents have sent children into school and then a test has come back positive and we have had to close bubbles as a result.
We urge ALL parents to wear masks on site. Wearing a mask protects others!
Please do not loiter around the gates. We are STILL experiencing parents waiting over 15 minutes for their bubble to open. If you travel by car, parents should wait in their cars until a few minutes before wherever possible.
After a difficult year, our children and our staff deserve to spend time with those that they love at Christmas and so we urge EVERYONE to play their part in the coming weeks.
Please support these measures that we are putting into place as well as those that we ALL have to abide by as part of the Tier 3 restrictions.
Mrs Scoffham & everyone at Stow Heath Primary School.