Dear Parents and Carers
Yesterday Greenwich Council wrote to all schools in the area asking them to close their premises from the end of the school day on 14 December. Today we have received notification from the Department of Education that it is using its powers under schedule 17 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 to require all schools in Greenwich to remain open until the end of term as previously planned (Click here to see attached letter from Nick Gibb, Schools Minister).
For clarity, we will therefore be remaining open until Friday 18 December as previously planned to all children that are not currently self-isolating.
We appreciate that this is an especially worrying time for parents and yesterday’s announcement will have no doubt caused confusion and increased anxieties even more. However, please be assured that we are continuing to adhere to the Government and Public Health England’s guidance to ensure our academies are COVID-secure and where cases are occurring we are dealing with them quickly to limit any possible cross-transmission in school.
As per the letter last week from Simon Beamish, Chief Executive of Leigh AcademiesTrust, we would strongly encourage all children that are not currently self-isolating to keep attending school until Friday as planned. Where children are required to self-isolate we will continue to provide online learning to them.
Can I remind parents that should your child develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive between school finishing on Friday 18 December and midnight on Sunday 20 December you should inform the school of the positive result using the portal we have set up which you can access on the link below:
If your child develops symptoms on or after Monday 21 December, then you do not need to inform the school if they test positive as contact tracing will be managed by NHS Track and Trace. This also includes if your child is asymptomatic and has a test on or after the 21 December.
Finally, if your child tests positive on or after the 25 December then as well as informing NHS track and trace you should also inform the school using the portal as it’s likely your child will need to isolate during the first few days of the spring term.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their support and understanding during what has been a very challenging term and whilst we know the spring term will also have its challenges we hope our families will have a safe and enjoyable Christmas break.
Mr W Barnett