Following a number of queries this evening, I wanted to write to you address the question of electing to keep your child at home in the coming weeks.
A number of parents have been asking about whether they can keep their child at home and not send them back to school next week. We are waiting on any updates that may be released from the government regarding attendance and, at present, must be guided by their last release on 30th December. In short, the Department for Education expect all children to attend their school, if it is open as normal. There are exceptions to this rule, including those that have been directed by a healthcare professional to keep away from school.
Here’s a link to the Government website, which gives further details:
If you are unsure about sending your child back to school, I would urge you to contact us tomorrow, so that we can discuss this further and hopefully provide the reassurance that you need. We’ll be more than happy to help.
I cannot say to any parent that school is entirely risk-free, just as I couldn’t during the initial lockdown or during the autumn term. What I can say is that we have robust measures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible and the children are at the heart of every decision that we make.
I have lost the ability to think up new clichés surrounding how unprecedented this whole situation is and I wish that I could give you more concrete reassurances. When I became a headteacher, I promised myself that I would treat every child in my care as if they were my own. Applying the same policy to this situation, I am sending my own child to school tomorrow. We will continue to follow government guidance and will review our risk assessments regularly.
I do hope that, if nothing else, this provides some clarity.
With the best of wishes to you and your family,