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4th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Happy New Year! I hope all our families had a lovely Christmas and New Year in these strange and difficult times. 

 

I know it has been an extremely difficult time for everyone. The way we have all pulled together and helped each other I have been so proud to be part of the Meadowhead Community. When times have been tough (and they have been and they will likely be again) knowing that school is part of the Meadowhead family has really helped. If you are struggling and need any help please do not hesitate to let us know (via text, an email or a message on Facebook) so we can help you and your family as best as we can. It's what a family does. I would like to thank everyone for their support and being part of this amazing family. 

 

I know many of you will be concerned about sending your child back to school especially given all the news in the press. I would like to pass on some information provided by the LA for Schools in Blackburn remaining open for the reasons why.

 

In a letter from the Secretary of State for Education sent to the Leader and our Chief Executive on Friday the reasoning behind the closure of primary schools in London and the South East  and the implementation of the governments contingency framework was based on rates of infection in the community alongside the NHS’s capacity to cope. 

 

This framework seeks to  balance the need to keep children in face to face education wherever possible with supressing community transmission of the Covid 19 virus.

 

Please be assured that we will continue to keep our local position under twice weekly reviews as a Local Authority and will also ensure that any changes to rates of infection in our community will be acted upon in close consultation with the Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) and central government.

 

Our current infection rates based on the last set of data available between Christmas and New Year  places BwD 120th in the country. We know this is a dynamic position and alongside of Public Health Team we will use the data to determine our  Local Authority approach in close liaison with the LRF.

 

As always it is my priority to ensure everyone at school remains safe. We already have stringent measures in place which has certainly helped contain the virus when we have had positive cases within school. 

 

With the new more contagious strain on the virus spreading I will need your support more than ever to ensure disruption to your child's education is as minimal as possible. Please help by observing the following:

 

  • make sure your child does not mix with other households at all otherwise the segregation we do at school is futile.
  • Do not send your child into school if they feel unwell. Experience has shown it could be a symptom of COVID-19.
  • Make sure you maintain social distancing when dropping of and collecting your child. Please DO NOT arrive before 8:45 or 3:00 but a few minutes later.

 

I am also going to request that all adults when entering the school site must now wear a face covering and only one adult will be allowed on site per family. Staff will also be wearing a face covering at the door. I feel it is right that we 'step up' the rigour around our routines to help ensure everyone in our family remains as safe as possible.

 

Thank you for your continued support. 

 

Stay safe, 

 

Mr Waddington

Acting Headteacher

 

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