18 December 2020
Message from the Headteacher
Please excuse the blunt and frank tone of my newsletter this week - I need your help to keep our school and our community safe. I know that the majority of you are following the rules, however I am increasingly concerned that some members of our community have misunderstood either the national lockdown restrictions or school requirements during this difficult period. The government guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home and the key points are summarised briefly below:
- You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary, eg. to seek medical attention, shop for necessities
- Work from home if you can
- Don’t mix with other households (unless you are legally permitted to form a support bubble)
- Stay local
Staff are working very hard in school to provide on-site learning for children of critical workers and those whose families are vulnerable. However, this effort is being put at risk because families are not following the requirement for children to remain at home if they are:
- Unwell or someone in their household is unwell
- Symptomatic, or someone in their household has symptoms
- Awaiting the results of a COVID test, or someone in their household is awaiting a test result
Not only does this put at risk other children in the bubble, it also puts staff at risk and potentially, the school’s ability to safely provide on-site learning for those who need it, not to mention the safety of the wider community. We have implemented significant mitigations in school to make sure that we can operate safely, however this is being undermined if families do not follow the guidance.
As noted in my livestream on Wednesday, we are already facing significant challenges with staff health at this time. You will be unsurprised to learn that some members of our staff team have ‘invisible’ underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, asthma etc which increase their vulnerability should they contract the virus. If too many of our staff become poorly or need to self-isolate, this will have a significant impact on the on-site provision that we are able to offer.
I am asking once again for your help to keep our school community safe. Please follow the rules.
If you have not already done so, I would urge you to watch Kelly O’Neill’s video message explaining why it is so important that we all play our part and stick to the rules. Kelly is Hounslow’s Director of Public Health and is responsible for keeping us all safe. https://youtu.be/Z0qOZzpKhx0
Thank you for your support in keeping our community safe.
Category: Cat 1