Covid 19 update May 11th 2020

Dear All,

I am sure that many of you watched Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech last night and you will have witnessed in the media today the confusion and anxiety in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement last night that we should ‘Stay Alert’ rather than ‘Stay At Home’. You will have heard a plan was revealed to expect the return of certain year groups back into school. However, it was made clear that this would only be possible if the rates of Covid 19 infections continue to decline and there will be much watching, waiting and preparing before firm decisions are made about the return of larger groups of children to school.

There has been no change to guidance issued to schools and the clear message is that it is safer for children to be educated at home at this present time. We will continue to provide work for your child and endeavour to manage remote learning as best we can. We value your efforts to keep children and adults safe at this time and the support you are providing to your child.

We have, as yet received no further information from the DFE about how to manage a phased return of pupils and we expect this to reach schools very soon. As a staff and governing body, we are very keen to have all our students and staff return to school but only when we can be sure that we can keep everyone safe. I want to reassure you that we will only open when we have had clear guidance on how to ensure this safely. We will need very clear guidance on how to manage social distancing and we know that you wouldn’t want children to return to school unless procedures to keep adults and pupils safe were effective.

We will keep you informed of the plan for Little Hadham which will be worked out carefully over time and with regard for the particular needs of this school. We will inform you of any decisions made as soon as we can. In the meantime, may I thank you for your patience and consideration. Please be assured that we are working hard each day to provide education as well as manage the safety of pupils and adults at this time. Please try not to worry. We are fortunate to have caring committed staff and governors who strive for the very best for this community.

Thank you for your understanding at this time.

Sinead Connolly