Dear Parent / Carer,
As we settle back into the school routine and after speaking with Headteacher colleagues in other schools (who sadly have had to close some of their bubbles for two weeks due to a positive test) I write to you having learned from their experiences.
At Westmorland, you know that we have already undertaken significant risk assessments in order to re-open the school successfully and safely. Now that I have new knowledge, I write to you to inform you that I have adjusted the risk assessment to further reduce the risk of transmission, protect you, your children, and the staff team and most importantly keep our school open.
With a rising infection rate nationally and across Greater Manchester we need everyone’s help more than ever, so starting from Friday this week our risk assessment states that…
• all parents or carers should wear a face covering when they come onto the site (this includes playgrounds, pathways and offices)
• only one person per family collect or drop off children on the school yard, and where possible older children should walk home alone
• whilst waiting to collect your children you do not let them onto the climbing frames as these are significant “pinch points” where infection could occur
• Please also make sure that your children walk their bikes across the site or do not to bring them at all.
From tomorrow (Friday) you will also notice that staff on the yard at the start and end of the school day will also wear face coverings. They will not however be wearing them in school.
These actions will further help protect our school. I hope these actions will support us in keeping all bubbles open, leading to all children and staff staying well and able to attend school.
Thanks for your ongoing and continued support.