Dear Parents

We look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Monday 8th March.

School transport has been organised and we have revisited our risk assessment to ensure that we operate as safely as possible, with the aim of reducing Covid transmission in school, and reducing the size of contact groups as far as possible.

Infection rates in Croydon have fallen very quickly, and will be even lower when we reopen, so we are confident that it will be safe to do so. There are also additional measures in place that should reduce risks for everyone. These include twice weekly testing of staff, and special school staff in Croydon finally being included in the vaccination program. Most of our staff were vaccinated over the half term holiday.

There is still a high risk of a positive case occurring and if this happens, the same measures will apply, including 10 days self-isolation for contacts. If this happens, we will inform you to keep children at home as soon as we can and reinstate virtual learning for classes affected.

It is still very important that you follow the Covid rules and seek a test if anyone shows symptoms in your household, and isolate as necessary.

Attendance of children is mandatory, which means all children should attend unless they are ill, shielding or self isolating or a leave of absence has been agreed. There may be some children who are now on the shielding list until 31st March. Please inform us if this applies to your child, so we can provide some remote learning with their class.

After such unprecedented times, I am sure you will share with me the hope that this is the beginning of the end, and that we can gradually reduce the restrictions in school and return to a normal way of operating at some point in the near future, and be able to invite parents into our new school building.

Thank you all for your patience and support during this period.

Kind regards

Nick Dry