You might be aware of yesterday’s Department for Education’s announcement regarding the advisory school closure on the last day of term. Their message centred on ensuring that staff get the time off they need and deserve, and that to support this schools may wish to use an INSET day. They suggested making Friday 18th December a non-teaching day, and using the day for staff training, which could be delivered online.
Whilst accepting and agreeing with the DfE’s thoughts, a closure at such a late a point in the term would be hugely inconvenient to you, with work’s holidays already agreed, and it would also be unsettling to your children. For the school, it requires changing an INSET day planned later in the academic year, again highly disruptive to everyone.
After considering these factors, school will remain fully open on Friday 18th December 2020.
We are also very aware of the importance of families meeting during the holiday, nobody wants to be self-isolating during the Christmas break. To support this, for the last week of term, students in Year 4 & 5 will remain in their class for all subjects, and there will be no mixing between classes within all year groups, as before. This will require a small change to the curriculum but it should reduce any potential impact should a Covid case occur. We ask that you follow the procedures to keep any spread of the virus to a minimum, especially making sure your child stays off if someone in your household is awaiting the results of a test.
We hope you understand the reason for these decisions, and thank you for your continued support.