27.5.2021 Ms Gita Parent Letter
I hope you are safe and well. I am writing with some information and updates.
We have had a very positive start, after the lockdown at the beginning of the year. Since then, we have had four positive test results reported, however three of these have had no impact on the school and have not placed anyone else at risk. This is because we are much more aware of what we need to do to protect each other, families are ensuring everyone stays at home if someone has symptoms, and are following isolation rules.
Three of the four cases have been identified since the lifting of some restrictions began. Leicester has also once again been in the news for rising cases, and if we look at which areas are effected by the same rising rates, they are those with which we have close community links.
The children have shared with us, who they have visited, where and with how many people. It is clear that some of us have not been following guidance, and so these extra cases are not unexpected. I hope that these families have at least, had all adults vaccinated and have been taking regular lateral flow tests in an effort to be responsible towards the wider community, and in particular, our school community.
Lateral Flow kits can be found in these places around the city: https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/#/location/Leicester
If you have not had your vaccination, please get it. The science has shown the vaccinations are effective against the new strains, including the ones originating from Kent and India.
On 17 May the Secretary of State for Health & Care, Hancock, said that most of the 19 people admitted to hospital with the variant in the hotspot area of Bolton, Greater Manchester, were eligible for a covid-19 vaccine but had not had it.
We have had a lower take up of the vaccine in Leicester, and the only way it seems, to prevent another lockdown will be to make sure we as adults do what it takes, getting vaccinated, to ensure our children have access to the opportunities they deserve, including a good education.
If you have any concerns contact your GP, and get guidance. With all of the media footage of what is happening in countries across the world where people don’t have access to vaccinations, this is the very least we should be doing to protect ourselves and others. We are lucky to have a choice.
For all of us, who have made the sacrifices, consistently and continuously complying with regulations, thank you.
H&S ON SITE – NO CHANGE
All rules regarding adults on site and the school’s health & safety protocols remain fully in place. I expect this to be the case until the end of the academic year.
All adults must wear face masks on site (any exempt adults have been given a green lanyard and should not be on site before 2.55pm when collecting children.
Dunlin Road will remain closed off to cars, when parents are collecting/dropping children.
Children will be in class bubbles throughout the day. Children mixing outdoors are not considered to be in close contact, so next half term, our younger children and Year 6 children will have opportunities to play outdoors for short periods of time together, to ensure their social development continues. For our Year 6, we are preparing them for secondary school where they will be part of a much, much, larger bubbles, and they need to remember how to make new respectful, positive friendships.
Additional cleaning, ensuring resources are not shared across bubbles etc. will also all continue.
Please let us know if your circumstances change and you are struggling. We can access different kinds of support, so even if you think we may not be able to, it’s worth trying.
If you have lost your job, you may be entitled to different benefits, which could mean that all school expenses could be free, including milk and trips. We are hoping trips can begin again next academic year. As always, we will treat any call contact confidentially, and will only pass on details to others with your consent.
Friday will be dress in blue/sports gear to celebrate Leicester City Football Club’s historic FA Cup Final victory. The first time ever, Leicester City has won this competition.
We are closing for the half term break, on Friday for the week beginning 31st May, and will reopen on Monday 7th June. Why not take part in the ‘Beat The Street’ hunt? You will all have received information and digital ‘fobs’, it will keep the children active and as a school we might win something!
Later in the half term, the children will be taking part in a virtual sports competition with neighbouring schools, we will have ‘bubble’ sports days and we are also looking forward to our online Y6 end of year celebrations, including assemblies and our Awards ceremony.
We will also be sending you annual written reports regarding how well your children are doing with their friendships and learning.
We hope you all have the opportunity to take advantage of the relaxation of the Covid rules, and are able to visit somewhere/someone that you have wanted to, but not had the chance yet. Hopefully the sun will shine for us.