Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils, 

I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year.
I’m sure you will be aware of the ongoing discussions around the safety of fully reopening primary schools especially those in Tier 4 areas. The safety of our pupils and staff has always been our priority and following guidance from unions, we have made the very difficult decision not to fully reopen St Alban’s Primary School on Tuesday 5th January as planned, except for vulnerable children and those of critical key workers.   
This decision is unfortunate but has to be made on the grounds of health and safety. The headteacher has a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of staff and pupils. Staff have been directed by their unions (NEU and Unison) not to attend school to take full classes at this time. This is based on advice from SAGE who believe that previous safety measures no longer apply.  

Remote learning will be provided for the children for the next 2 weeks and will be reviewed before January 18th. There will be more details about remote or home learning tomorrow.

As mentioned, school will be open for the children of Critical Key Workers (list here). Teachers will leading the remote learning, while support staff will be overseeing the learning of the Critical Key Workers children in school. There will be a limited number of Critical Key Workers children in each class. I would hope that parents will use their ‘support bubbles’ rather than use the Critical Key Worker places as this is safer for the children. I will send out more details about Critical Key Worker places tomorrow
I am sorry for any inconvenience caused but these are truly exceptional times. We have tried to give our families as much notice as possible, given the ever-changing and uncertain situation.   
Thank you for your support in helping us to keep our school and community safe.
We’ll be in touch tomorrow with further details.

Take care and stay safe

Mr Smith Mrs C George
Headteacher Chair of Governors
3rd January 2021