Return to school in January

Monday 4th January 2021

Dear parents,

First of all, I’d like to wish you a very happy new year. Despite the Tier 4 restrictions I hope you and your families have enjoyed a festive break and are looking ahead to see what 2021 brings. The rollout of the vaccination programme is a significant development and brings great hope, however the current COVID-19 situation is gravely serious and the new strain’s transmissibility is posing new threats. Although lower than Oxfordshire and the UK as a whole, rates in West Oxfordshire are on the rise and currently stand at 326 per 100,000.

You may have been following the news over the weekend regarding school closures. I will be talking to teachers today regarding the COVID-19 situation and the implications for staff safety. The school is currently planning to be open as normal from tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January). Any changes will be communicated to you at the earliest opportunity.

In light of Tier 4 restrictions in Oxfordshire and information received about the transmissibility of the new strain there are some changes to our risk assessment which affect parents and family members doing the drop-off and collection.

  • All adults on the school site at drop-off and collection are required to wear a face covering (unless exempt). More information on face coverings, including exemptions, can be found here.
  • Drop-off and collection for Willow class will change to the front playground. This is to ease congestion at the rear of the school. Please gather at the far end of the front playground along the fence. Children will enter and leave through the Oak class playground.
  • We recommend that older children wear a face covering when coming to and leaving school.

Measures in place in the autumn term continue to be vital:

  • 2 metre distancing between all adults on the school site
  • 1 adult per family at drop-off and collection
  • Prompt leaving of the school site which means no gatherings and no children playing on field / play equipment
  • Limited access to school office

A reminder that Tier 4 restrictions mean:

  • Stay home: you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse.
  • You cannot meet other people indoors unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble.
  • Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.

Please adhere to these restrictions to keep us all safe and keep the school open.

If anyone in your family develops symptoms then please follow the advice and let the school office know by phone or email at the earliest opportunity. If NHS Test & Trace has asked you to self-isolate, please inform the school office.

Many thanks for your support. These measures will help to reduce community transmission, keep all of us safe, and keep the school open.

Warm regards,

Ben Trevail