Dear Parents / Carers
Happy New Year. I hope you have all managed to have an enjoyable Christmas break and you are all safe and well.
As you may be aware, this morning Cumbria County Council and Colin Cox (Director of Public Health Cumbria) formally wrote to the Department for Education requesting them to close all primary schools in Cumbria due to high infection rates and hospital admissions. This move was denied by the Department for Education, however they have committed to a review of this decision early next week.
In addition to this, the advice for teaching staff from their professional associations has been to work from home due to health and safety concerns.
Taking into consideration all these issues, the governors and I have taken the decision to move to online learning from Tuesday 5th January for the first 2 weeks of term, following which we will review the position in line with local and national guidance.
However, school will be open for Critical Worker and Vulnerable children only, from Tuesday 5th January. The list of Critical Workers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision Please consider very carefully whether you need to access the provision for vulnerable and key worker children as we are limited in the staffing provision we have available – and the lower the numbers of staff and children in school, the lower the risk for everyone. If you do meet the criteria for a Critical Worker and wish for your child/ children to take up a place, please contact Dee with what you need over the next two weeks: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact the parents of those children who fit into the ‘vulnerable’ category to make suitable arrangements.
For those children who are accessing school, breakfast and after school club will be open – although again, please consider whether you need to use this. If you do, please email Dee with times and dates needed for the next two weeks.
Without a doubt a huge strength of Castle Carrock School is our community, and we need to look after each other now more than ever. If you find yourself struggling at all please do get in touch – we may not be able to help, but we may know someone who can! It goes without saying that our actions in and out of school are fundamental in keeping everyone as safe as possible. For more information on the current restrictions for our area please see this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home
Once again I thank you for your support in these matters, this is not a decision taken lightly, but we are following the advice of public health here in Cumbria and our own professional associations and strongly believe that this is the best option to ensure the safety of our staff and pupils at this time.
If you have any questions or concerns please do contact me. I will be meeting with governors tomorrow and can relay these to them.