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Letter to Parents from Mrs Lomas

Dear Parents,

The children have made us so proud over the past week as we have all adjusted to school being fully open again.  It isn’t always easy as we adjust to things again but everyone is working so hard to get back into our routines and expectations and once again the resilience and positivity of our children has hugely impressed me.

 

We really are hoping that there will be no further school closures and that we don’t have any bubbles which have to isolate but we know of a number of Nottinghamshire schools where this has sadly already happened.  If this were to be the case, we would revert to learning at home with pre-recorded lessons and Zoom check-ins.

 

I’m sure that none of us want to go back to home learning (although we recognise that it may be unavoidable) so we need your help.  The very large majority of parents are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing on our playground.  Unfortunately, we have also seen some parents waiting in groups and not staying distanced.  We know how difficult it has been not to be able to socialise with those around us but the school playground is not the place to catch up with others.  We have also been told of children visiting other homes out of school.  Birthday parties and playdates are not permitted under current Covid-19 restrictions, even if children are in the same class.

 

It is unacceptable to put our children, staff and families at risk by not sticking to the restrictions that are in place.  Sadly, a number of members of our school community have become seriously ill with Covid-19, including hospitalisation, and it is very important to me that we all work together to do all that we can to minimise the risk of this happening again.  There are also children, staff and parents who clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable and we need to do what we can to protect them.

 

To keep each other safe:

  • Do not send your child to school if they are unwell
  • Do not arrive early at pick-up time to socialise with other parents – collect children in their time slot and leave straight away to reduce congestion on the yard
  • Wear a mask on the playground
  • Keep your distance from other parents
  • Only one adult per family on the yard for drop off and pick up
  • Keep your children with you, they should not be playing in the gazebo or with other children on the yard

 

It makes me feel sad to write a letter of this nature but I remain very concerned about infection rates locally and the risk of bubbles having to return to home learning and people becoming ill.

 

We have worked so well together up to this point, let’s keep pulling together to try and ensure that rates of infection continue to drop so that lockdown can continue to be eased and we can all be safer.

 

A huge thank you to everyone who is helping us by sticking to the rules.  It is almost a year now since the initial lockdown and we all know how hard it is to continue to live in this way.  Hopefully, it will not be too much longer until we see more normality in our lives.

 

Take care,

Nicola Lomas

 

 

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