Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you all remain well and would like to thank you again for your continued support to school.
As you know based on our school risk assessment we identified last week that we could not safely open school to our Reception children and moving forward we could only offer places to key worker and vulnerable children.
On 22nd May 2020 the Government’s Scientific Group for Emergencies (SAGE) published its scientific papers on school safety. As a result, Durham County Council issued further guidance to schools recommending that all schools delayed a wider re-opening until 15th June.
Unfortunately, on the 15th June we are still in the position that we cannot open safely to our Reception children unless Government guidance changes and we will continue to re-assess the situation. We understand how disappointing this may be for many of you, however, the safety of our children and staff is as always our main priority and we want all our school community to remain safe.
Due to the larger number of key worker and vulnerable children attending school from June 1st we have implemented a large range of safety measures.
Your child will be placed in a group with other children based in one classroom in which they will complete all activities, including lunch, and will not be able to mix with children in other groupings. Playtimes will also be staggered.
Only staff and children will be allowed to enter the school. We request that only one adult brings and collects their child and that the timings you are given are strictly adhered to. These will be issued shortly. We ask that parents on the yard do not cross the white line. If your child cycles or comes to school on a scooter we ask that they dismount at the school gate. Classrooms will be clearly identified. As administration staff continue to work remotely we remind you that the best method of communication is by e-mail.
Any child with symptoms of covid-19, or living with someone who is displaying symptoms of the virus, must not attend school – please inform school if this is the case.
The main symptoms of coronavirus in are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
For more information, please use this link to the Durham County Council advice page
Children are eligible for testing.
Children are asked to only bring into school a coat, sun hat and that you apply sun cream before sending them to school. Lunch is provided, however, if your child chooses to bring their own packed lunch it will need to be in a plastic, wipe-able container. A snack of fruit may also be sent to school in a small plastic bag or tub. A named water bottle will also need to be sent on their first day, however, this will remain in school for staff to sterilise daily.
Whilst you may choose to send your child to school wearing school uniform, guidance is that clothes worn for school are to be washed daily, therefore we will remain flexible. No bags or backpacks will be allowed in school.
Parents identified as being a key worker will receive an e-mail shortly detailing drop-off and collection arrangements.
For families who may be requiring further support advice can be found on
Meanwhile, we thank you for your on-going patience and understanding. You are doing brilliantly in home-schooling and keeping your families safe. The government has up-dated their on-line teaching resources https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources
Please continue to check the school website regularly for updates.
Take care and we hope to see you all again very soon.