Letter 12th February

Dear parents,

I am hoping that when you are finished for today, you are sat down with your drink of choice in your hand (mine will be a hot cup of tea) and that collectively we can reflect on what has been another challenging term for us all. The restrictions that have been placed on all of us are unprecedented in our lifetimes and 12 months ago we had never heard of, let alone used, Google Meets or Zoom and certainly remote learning had not even crossed our minds. I am very proud of my staff for their hard work and dedication to keep learning going and engaging the children at home as well as those in school.

In these extreme circumstances I must also pass on my appreciation for everything you have done to keep the COVID risk as low as possible and for the support you have given the children. Once again, some of you will have had to become teacher/teaching assistant as well as juggling the demands of your own job. This may not have been easy, but whatever you have been able to do to support your child’s learning at home will have a made a difference – thank you!

The media reports that we will get a ‘roadmap’ from the Prime Minister on 22nd February where it is likely that the plan for schools to return will be laid out – I sincerely hope that the plan does involve a swift return for all pupils as soon as possible. As soon as there is some clear direction, I will be making further plans as guided and will update you as soon as I can.

The school continues to be required, by the DfE, to report any confirmed, or suspected, cases of coronavirus. Please inform us if your children are self-isolating because they have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, have booked a test because they have symptoms or have a positive test result. This does include the half term break,  so that I can make any arrangements to close keyworker bubbles if necessary – please use office@eastclaydon.org.uk to keep us updated.

There one very pleasing piece of positive news to report – the planning permission for the additional classroom has now been approved! Nothing will be happening instantly, and we are starting to make plans with the Diocese that will put another key piece of the expansion puzzle into place. I am delighted that when this is completed, and the current restrictions are lifted fully, we will be able to use the hall space in the way that it was intended and bring the whole school community together.

I remind you all that school begins again on the 22nd February for both remote learning and keyworkers in school.

All that remains is for me to personally wish you all a safe and relaxing half term. It is supposed to get warmer from Monday and I hope, with spring around the corner, that it reminds us that brighter days are ahead.

Take care and stay safe.

G Avery

Gary Avery