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Information about School Reopening on 4 January

Dear Parents/Carers,


Apologies for writing to you at this late date about the start of term, but I am sure you understand that due to the late Government guidance that schools have received it has not been possible to write to you sooner. As in the message sent out yesterday, The Meads Primary School will continue to open on Monday 4th January unless the Government announce changes to this. If there are changes, we will communicate with families as soon as possible about these.


Teaching unions are in discussion with the DfE this weekend, and I will not know the implications of this until later today or possibly Monday. We have heard from parents about their concerns with regard to the infection rate in East Grinstead being high and I am aware of this myself and am doing all I can do to review and ensure the school is as safe as it can be.


I have heard from several parents notifying the school that they do not wish for their child/ren to return to school. I am writing to you today to confirm that these absences will be authorised. For those who wish to do so, but have not informed the school that their child will not be attending, please can I ask you to report your child’s absence via ParentMail.


As you may be aware, staffing issues have been a challenge for the school throughout the autumn term and we do expect this to continue into the spring term. As a result of this, we may have to close bubbles at very short notice. Remote learning on Google Classroom will be provided if we implement this. I appreciate this causes a great inconvenience for our families when we are required to do so, but the health and safety of our school continues to be paramount in these extremely difficult and unprecedented times.


Thank you for your understanding and support of the school.


Kindest regards



Nicole Essex