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Weekly Bulletin: Monday 11th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers, 

There has been an update to government guidance on in-school attendance, as follows. 

For children of critical workers, the guidance now states that ‘Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.’ 

If you are a critical worker and have requested a school place for your child, please re-consider whether this is still needed. If it is possible for your child to remain at home, then this is where they should be. We do understand that our families are under different pressures and in different home or work situations, but please remember that our national priority is to stop the spread of Covid. As part of our government’s approach, the purpose of restricting school attendance is to reduce the number of contacts that each person has. 

As well as asking you to re-consider whether a school place is needed for your child, please also let us know if your child only needs to attend school on the days you are working. Please inform the school office of any pattern of part-time attendance for your children, so that we can adjust our records accordingly. 

For vulnerable children, there is no change to the guidance and these children should still attend school full-time. 

The full guidance is at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

With local infection rates remaining extremely high, reducing contacts in school is important for us all. If you are a critical worker, please contact us via the school office if you are making any changes to your child’s in-school attendance. Moving forwards, we may make contact with you to ensure that there is a specific need for your children to attend school at this time. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Best wishes

Ruth Austin

Headteacher

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