I am sure that you are aware of the ongoing discussions between teaching unions, the Government and SAGE regarding the safety of opening schools in light of the current rise in COVID cases.
Schools are waiting for greater clarity from the Department of Education and are looking at how we can strengthen our risk assessments in light of the current situation. As a consequence we are delaying the reopening of our school until Monday 11th January. From Tuesday 5th January to Friday 8th January the school will be open only for the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Children. All other children will be provided with remote learning to enable them to work from home (details to follow in due course).
We will review the situation towards the end of the week so that we can inform you on Friday of any further changes in light of the emerging picture across the country and County Durham.
I am sorry that this information has come at such short notice but I am sure you will appreciate how quickly circumstances have changed over the past two weeks; it is not a decision that has been taken lightly. This link provides information about Key Worker groups and Vulnerable children. As in the first lockdown to be eligible for Key Worker childcare, both parents must be Key Workers and have no other support bubble or childcare option. If you are a Key Worker and you meet the criteria for a childcare place; please telephone Mrs Walker on: 07766 510933 as soon as possible to let us know which day or days that you require childcare. We will then be back in touch with you later this afternoon to confirm times.