No sooner have the children just settled into some form of routine ‘normality’ than we have had to send the Lower School children home. This decision was taken by the Department of Education. I’m sure that you are just as frustrated as we are at school and I also feel for the children must will be wondering what on earth is going on.
However, as I have previously stated with justified confidence, we will rise to the challenge and do our very best to minimise the impact on the children’s academic progress and as equally important, their wellbeing. As I write, the Lower School staff are busily preparing their online lessons.
Thank you for all your support; I have already received several complimentary emails on our swift and appropriate response. And, I have also received some concerns over the number of children that we had to send home. Please understand that we undertook a lengthy risk assessment over the telephone with the DfE who decided that the best course of action to ensure the safety of our children was to send the them all home. The lady from the DfE that we spoke to for some considerable time did not immediately arrive at this decision; she put us on hold to consult with other members of her team before finally confirming that it was to be the whole ‘bubble’.
Considering the DfE’s decision today and the new guidance issued late last week, it is highly likely that we will revise how our ‘bubbles’ operate and indeed the size of them. As this is a considerable logistical task, please bear with us and we will let you know of any changes as soon as we possibly can.
Negative Test Result
All children that test positive for Coronavirus must provide a negative test result before we will allow them to return to school. This also applies to those children with any siblings in the home that attend Tower College.