January 4th 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
Following tonight's announcement by the Prime Minster that England will enter a new lockdown from Midnight, Heatherlands will now be closed to most pupils.
As you are aware from the previous lockdown we are in a position to offer a remote education to the majority of children in all Year groups. In some cases, particularly with our younger children, a paper based approach may be more suitable and age appropriate.
Given the timing of the announcement tonight we will need to prepare and organise our approach so I have designated tomorrow ( Tuesday) as a day for all staff to use to get things ready to deliver learning.
Therefore we will not be providing any learning tomorrow but we do have some resources on our website for you to access and additionally children should have reading books and some homework tasks to help you through the day.
Although this is not where we all want to be at this time, we will do our very best to offer a positive learning experience for all our children in the short term.
As suggested the school will be open for some groups in line with guidance for those children which are deemed vulnerable and those of key worker families. Please note, we will be contacting parents who may fit into the categories below tomorrow morning to clarify the position and establish places from Wednesday.
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
This includes those involved in food:
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this very difficult time for all.
I hope we can return to school in the near future just a little safer.
Until then I wish you and your families well.
December 31st 2020
Good morning Parents and Carers
I hope you have managed to enjoy a good Christmas despite the restrictions and the on going COVID-19 backdrop which I know continues to be a worry for all.
Despite this, I wanted on the back of the governments announcement yesterday to clarify and reassure you that Heatherlands will be fully open as usual on Monday in line with government guidance.
However as you may be aware we do have some staff members who are clinically extremely vulnerable, which means they are directed to work from home. This means some of the children being taught in a slightly different way, although still classroom based. We operated this approach successfully during the previous lockdown. Separate information will be shared with you in due course should your child be affected. Please note, children should still come to school as normal as we will have contingency measures in place to ensure children receive a good quality education.
Tier 4 of course does signal an escalation in events so we will all need to continue to work together as we have previously done by being extra careful and vigilant which enables us to operate within these restrictions and ensure the children continue to receive a quality school experience. The safety of everyone in our school community is our main priority going forward.
Finally, I would like to wish you all, especially at this time, a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to welcoming you back on Monday.