Last day of term
Thursday 10th December 2020
Dear Parent/ Carer,
RE: INSET day
I am writing in response to the government’s announcement this week that all schools in England can take an additional INSET day on Friday 18th December if they wish to. This is in order to avoid schools having to administer Covid track and trace, up to and including, Christmas Eve.
I would like to make it clear that we will not be closing for INSET on this day. Term will finish at the normal times on Friday 18th December. We do not believe there is sufficient time to organise an INSET day for our staff and contrary to some media reports, teachers do not go shopping or stay in bed on INSET days!
With regards to Test and Trace, the school will continue to operate a contact system in the days before Christmas. If your child tests positive for coronavirus in the first few days of the Christmas holidays you must inform the school via the school’s email address firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a telephone message on our answer phone. Staff will monitor this daily and co-ordinate a response with Public Health England. This may include informing parents that children need to self-isolate over Christmas. This is an unpleasant thought but we must adhere to the clear guidance that is issued to all schools.
If you have any questions about the guidance, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
I thank you for your continued support in these last few days of this term.
Mr Tim O’Brien