Dear Parents / Carers,
I cannot believe we are the end of the Autumn Term – and what a term! I want to start off by thanking all of you for your co-operation and support at this difficult time. I also want to thank all members of my staff team for their incredible commitment to the educational and emotional well-being of all our children!
We did so well up until the October half term, but sadly, this half term has been turbulent in terms of the virus. It has meant that many of you will have had to lose days at work and run risk of not being paid. I realise the harsh impact this can have on family life. I also realise that many of you are nervous due to the infection rate appearing to be quite high in Barnoldswick at the present time.
Although last week we had four year groups closed – that does mean that we had 4 positive tests out of 230 children. Only one teacher has tested positive, all other adults have remained well – we have a team of 33 in total. That isn’t many, but nevertheless, we are required to close a year group to stop the spread of the infection. Rest assured we are following all the guidance to the letter! The school cleaning team (and the staff team) continue to work throughout the day cleaning toilets, classrooms and all touch points.
January is the beginning of a new term and I would ask all of you to send your child to school. If a child does not attend school, the government does require schools to impose a fine. I would rather not have to resort to fining families – the current economic times have been hard enough for everyone. However, if you feel that your child should be at home shielding, school does require an up to date medical letter stating this. If you are required to self isolate due to school closing a bubble or a member of your household testing positive, then your child MUST complete their online learning on a daily basis. This will help to keep your child up to date with their year group curriculum.
Our amazing teaching team are working hard to catch up on the education the children missed in the summer term and keep up with all new learning, alongside having to close to self-isolate! This is no easy task but they embrace the challenge and do everything I ask them to do! So I urge you to send your child to school every day from Tuesday January 5th (unless they are symptomatic of course).
Once again, I thank you for being an amazing group of parents and look forward to the new term. Please keep yourselves and your families safe when the holidays begin on 18th December at 2pm. I wish you and all your family and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!