We are writing to update you on the current situation at Stoke-On-Tern regarding the opening of the school. We are contacting you at the earliest opportunity given the information we have received in the last 24 hours.
As you may be aware, some unions are advising their members not to attend on health and safety grounds (section 44 of the Health and Safety Act). We have now reached a point where, due to the number of section 44 letters received, we are unable to open the school fully and we have no alternative but to recommence ‘remote learning’ from tomorrow for the remainder of this week.
We will continue to remain open for vulnerable pupils and pupils of keyworkers. We would ask that families only send their children into school if there is absolutely no alternative. If you are a keyworker and require childcare this week, please can you contact school via text by 3pm today so that we can organise provision.
We will not be able to run the bus service or offer wraparound care for the remainder of this week.
We are teaching professionals, and we want more than anything for our schools to be open for all pupils. We are all in an everchanging situation and we know that this decision will be met with mixed emotions. Our aim is to reopen when it is feasible to do so and at the earliest opportunity.
We remain committed to supporting all members of our school community as best as we can during these difficult times.
We will be revaluating the current situation on Friday and will update you at that point.
Remote Learning will be provided via the website and staff can be contacted using their class e-mail addresses.
Jen Brotherhood and Theresa Evans