IMPORTANT - letter to parents re school opening arrangements
Dear Parents and Carers,
You will be aware from the reports in the media that there has been much debate between government and unions regarding the safe opening of primary schools.
We have been advised that the NEU and other unions held meetings over the weekend (with the latest one held on Sunday at 11.00 am) with their members urging them to write to their head teachers invoking section 44 of the Employment Rights Act and as such only to be available to the children of Critical Workers and vulnerable children until the 18th January (in line with secondary school in our county)
As such, from Tuesday 5th January St Mary’s will be partially opened with some year groups being opened for children of Critical Workers and vulnerable children only.
The following year groups will be open to all children from Tuesday the 5th January. I am sure you will appreciate that we are working with a stretched staff and we cannot guarantee that this list may change over the coming weeks. Please arrive and collect from school at the new bubble times (see new parent manual- website) via the parent gate as usual:
Year 3 – Thursday and Friday only
Children in Year 2, Year 3 (Monday to Wednesday) and Year 5 will be provided with online learning from home as of Tuesday 5th January. Please be ready for a message from your teacher at 9:00am in the morning. These year groups (Year 2, 3 and 5) will only be open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children. If you fall into this category please arrive and collect from school at the new bubble times (see parent manual- website) via the back gate as usual:
Please see the website link below for the definition of Critical workers and vulnerable children
If you feel you meet the criteria in the link above it is vital that you inform the office by 1pm today so that we can establish that we have adequate provision with the staff that we have available.
Should demand for critical worker places exceed our staffing ratios it maybe that we have to stagger provision between face to face learning and remote learning over this two week period for this group of children.
We can only apologise for the late notice but as you will understand we have had very short notice from the unions but must respect the concerns of our staff and put the safety of our community at the heart of all our decisions however difficult this may be.
This course of action has been agreed and supported by the LA and our Chair and Vice Chair of governors and our Full Governing Body have been informed.
Mrs B Davies
Executive Head Teacher