4th January 2021
After writing to you on New Year’s Day and putting the letter and the revised risk assessment on the school website, following a weekend of much further confusion in the media, I felt it important to write to you again.
Understandably there is an increased concern about the COVID-19 variant and increasing R number in some areas as well as Lancashire being placed into Tier 4 last week. It was hoped that the vaccination and testing programme would be further along which I am sure would give everyone some peace of mind, but that is not currently the case.
As all of our young people are vulnerable and we know that they make less progress when at home even with remote learning being provided we have endeavoured to remain open to support our children and their families. We have revised our risk assessment which is on the website, but have only made minor changes due to already having a robust and clear plan in place.
We will continue to work within the Government and Local Authority guidance in the best interests of our pupils. I need to say a very big thank-you on this particular occasion to the staff at Moor Hey, who, when contacted yesterday to check that they were willing to come to work amidst this uncertainty were fully supportive of the pupils returning to school. Without their commitment to the children and compliance with the risk assessment this would not have been possible. At a time when there is a lot of negative press about school staff generally (some of which is valid), we also need to appreciate those professionals who continue to support children and young people. I am sure that you as parents and carers will reiterate this appreciation to the staff too.
We will, as any matters change, be in touch and in the meantime if you have any questions or queries please feel free to continue to either email or text school and we will reply as soon as we are able to.
Many thanks for your continued support and understanding at this challenging time, it is much appreciated.