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School opening arrangements 4th Jan 2021

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,


Monday 4th January 2021


Unfortunately, we will only be open to children of key workers who need to go to work on Monday 4th January and vulnerable children. We will contact vulnerable children today to confirm arrangements. If you are a key worker and will be working on Monday 4th January and need your child to attend school please email by 5:00 pm on Sunday 3rd January. Please state your job role, employer and usual working days. We will confirm a place for you by 6:30 pm.

Families that qualify for free school meals, please place orders with Mr Armes by 9:15am on the 4th.  Meals will be available to collect from the front of the school at 12:30.


As you will be aware most schools have been told to open from Monday 4th January. However, rising local infection rates, uncertainty over the new strain, a lack of clarity over the criteria for which schools in Tier 4 should be open and a difficult period of notice to plan in means that we cannot be sure we can open safely on Monday.

We will provide home learning for all children who are not in school. This will be sent via Dojo on Monday morning.

We will also use Monday to review our plans, reflect on local and national guidance and then share the arrangements for the rest of the week with you at the earliest opportunity.

I am sorry for the disruption that this will cause but we remain in a very difficult situation. Please continue to follow the tier 4 rules.

What are the restrictions in tier four?

  • Residents should stay at home, unless they have a "reasonable excuse" such as work or education
  • All non-essential shops must close
  • You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble
  • People should not leave tier four areas or travel abroad, except for limited reasons (including work and education)

"Clinically extremely vulnerable" people in tier four areas are advised to stay at home "as much as possible". The government says if they can't work from home, they shouldn't go to work.

What can you do in tier four?

Activities still allowed include:

  • Unlimited exercise outdoors
  • Meeting one other person from another household in an open public space, if you are both alone
  • Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
  • Outdoor pools, playgrounds, sports courts, golf courses and horse riding centres can open
  • You can leave home for work, education, training, childcare and for medical appointments and emergencies
  • Communal religious worship
  • Support bubbles are still allowed and children can move between separated parents

Best wishes,

Chris Read - Interim Headteacher