Temporary School Closure
As you will be aware, today we have notified you of further positive cases at The Meads primary School. As a school we have to constantly adapt to the ever changing situation with this.
Government guidance has meant that as we respond to the reports of positive cases that we have to ensure that all close contacts self-isolate, with staff included in this. Unfortunately due to this, the Governing Body and Headteacher have met this evening and had to make the extremely difficult decision to temporarily close the school from Monday 30th November for the next week and a half. This is not a decision that has been made lightly at all, but we need to ensure that the health and safety of the pupils, staff and families is at the forefront of every decision we make. Due to the guidelines for self-isolation, the school will not have the legally required number of First Aiders on the school site. The school will be closed for all pupils in all year groups.
This is a difficult time for all of our school community and we appreciate that you will have concerns about your child’s education as a result of this. Please be reassured that class teachers will be putting work on Google Classroom over the next week and monitoring this daily. They will also be providing feedback to the children on here when their work is completed and submitted.
If you have any questions/queries, please email the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org instead of phoning the school telephone number. Class teachers can also be contacted through the year group email addresses.
Those children who are in the bubbles that have been closed by the school this week due to a confirmed positive case are still required to self-isolate for 14 days. It is only those children whose bubbles that have not been closed due to a confirmed positive case that are not required to self-isolate.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this causes our families, but I am sure that you understand that the Governing Body and Headteacher must ensure that all children and staff are safe at school and that we have sufficient staffing levels in place. We are extremely disappointed that we are having to make this decision as we always endeavour to keep the school open and provide the children with the highest quality education.
We thank you for your support with this matter and we will write to you later in the week with a further update to the school’s temporary closure and confirm the date when the school will reopen for our pupils.
Nicole Essex Diana Holmes
Headteacher Chair of Governors