This COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Action Plan document sets out the decisions taken and measures put in place to prepare for the phased re-opening of the school and ensure the school continues to operate in a safe way.
To view the Risk Assessment and Action Plan document, please click the link below:
This is the Government’s list of Critical Workers, who are entitled to childcare in school. If after reading the guidelines – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19- maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision ) you believe you qualify then please complete the enclosed form and email the school admin (address above) by 6 o’clock today to allow school to make arrangements. We understand that your shift patterns may change regularly so please inform school of any changes, so that we can try to provide the correct staffing levels.
We will only have a limited number of Critical Worker places in school. Can I ask parents to please make use of their ‘Support Bubble’ before sending children into school.
If you choose to send your child into school, they will be put into a learning bubble. The children will carry out the same work as the children working at home. However children coming into school will not have access to Teams meetings with the rest of the children in their class.
I hope parents will try where possible to use their support bubbles as we already have a significant number of staff in self-isolation. It is important that we only offer this support to the parents that need it and that St Alban’s staff welfare is protected.
The enclosed contact details sheet is very important as school need to know they can contact parents in an emergency. School may not have the staff to isolate any child who displays any symptoms while in school; therefore you will be expected to collect your child immediately.
It is our aim to open school to Critical Worker children on Wednesday 6th January. All the details will be emailed to the parents of the children that have received a Critical Worker place.
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
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