Letter 24th February – Quick Update

Dear parents,

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday we are pleased to be welcoming all pupils back to school from Monday 8th March. The staff and I are working through final preparations and I will be writing to you again in the coming days with further information to support your child/children’s return to school.

We will continue to follow our risk assessment, which will be further reviewed again before the 8th to ensure the latest guidance is included, and maintain the control measures as advised by PHE. These will include:

  • Enhanced hand washing and sanitising
  • Retaining class bubbles
  • Ventilated classrooms and occupied spaces
  • Home test kits available for all school staff

The government is very clear in its expectation that all children are to return on the 8th and that attendance rules return to normal. Pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies e.g illness, medical appointment etc.  Unfortunately, this means that if you are keeping your child off school from the 8th March, we will require a copy of the shielding letter to confirm that the child has been advised not to attend school.

If there are any further issues that mean you are reluctant or anxious about your child/children attending school I ask that you put these concerns in writing to me via office@eastclaydon.org.uk so that we can discuss these together.

We are really looking forward to seeing everyone back and I hope the children are excited about returning to school.


Gary Avery