A Letter to all Parents and Carers
Updated: Sunday 3rd January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Yesterday afternoon I wrote to you via email with some information on the return to school.
The Government has since issued special school guidance on Thursday (31st) evening. You may also have seen the statement (click here) from Haringey council of the growing concerns that Haringey is not on the Government’s contingency list. They are therefore advising primary schools to re-open to only a small number of children.
Given these two pieces of advice and guidance, we want to ensure school is the safest place to return to for both pupils and staff.
Please find below our current plan for next week. The Government guidance does identify the need for flexibility within the first week in returning to school so that school can plan efficiently and effectively.
Apologise in advance for any changes as we are responding daily to guidance and Government advice.
Monday 4th January
- INSET Training for all staff (We are continuing to offer the staff professional development day as part of their professional entitlement).
- No pupils on site.
Tuesday 5th January
- No pupils on site.
- School Planning day and setting up and delivering the mass testing for staff.
- Contact with families to discuss returning to school
- Evaluate the capacity of available staff for work. Determining the capacity of available staff will depend on the results from mass testing, assessing the number of staff who are currently in isolation and identifying those staff who live within the contingency boroughs identified by the Government.
Wednesday 6th January
Thursday 7th January (onwards)
May I remind you it is essential that any member of the school community who feels unwell should remain at home and it is highly recommended that a COVID test is taken if their symptoms are those associated with COVID-19. We are aware, however, that for many of our children, the test may well be traumatic and that it is unlikely they would be able to self-administer. If it is not possible for a child to be tested then they should self-isolate for 10 days.
The new Haringey walk in test centre is located at 48 Station Road, N22 7TY and we be opening from Tuesday 5th January from midday until 7pm. The location of those in other Boroughs will be available on the Council website.
We will continue to keep you updated with any further changes or responses to Government guidance as and when we have it.
As always, you are welcome to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.