Yesterday, I received numerous emails regarding the DfE’s to decision to direct us to send home Years 2,3 and 4. In the interests of clarity, please can I re-state that this decision was not ours; we simply had no choice in the matter. 

I do sympathise with and share your frustrations with this decision, but I cannot override any decision taken by the DfE. Many of the emails contained reasonable queries about the working of our bubbles. Please can I reassure you that in preparing for the reopening, we did absolutely everything we could to minimise the impact of a confirmed case. What we could not control was that the government would change the guidance last week – even to the point that the DfE had to double check it when conducting their telephone risk assessment with me.

We are now spending every second we can on revising our current arrangements in light of the new guidance to further minimise the impact of confirmed cases. The logistical factors involved in this process are highly complex as we must consider the full consequences of any change that we make.

Unfortunately, the time I am spending replying to emails is taking me away from this pressing and crucial task.

So, I have decided that I can no longer respond to any emails regarding this matter and instead will speak to you directly. If you have any concerns about this matter or the negative test results required for a child who has tested positive, please telephone the office to make a telephone appointment. These will be available on Monday and Tuesday of next week between 2.00pm and 4.00pm in 10- minute intervals. Once you have agreed the time with a member of our office team, I will telephone you at this time.

Regarding the ‘Track and Trace’ advice that we received on Tuesday that children who have tested positive for Coronavirus should present a negative test result (along with any siblings in their household that attend Tower College) before returning to school, we are awaiting written confirmation from St. Helens Local Authority. As soon as we have this, we will let you know.

On another concerning matter, I have received some rather unsavoury information about these matters being discussed in Parent ‘WhatsApp’ groups in respect of the children being sent home. Please can I ask that you make a telephone appointment with me so that you are dealing with facts and not someone’s opinion that may well be misguided or wrong.

Please be reassured that the children’s best interests govern our every move. We are committed to the children receiving the best education possible and will do absolutely everything in our power to minimise the impact of the Pandemic restrictions.

Yours sincerely

Ms A C Bingley (Principal)