Dear Parent / Carers,
I would like to thank you and your children for the incredible positivity that you have shown from the start of the academic year. Coombe Dean puts the wellbeing of pupils at the heart of everything it does, and we very much appreciate the support you have given to staff as they work to keep our young people safe.
The aim of this letter is to clarify two important parts of the guidance for schools published by the Department for Education on 4th November 2020.
Firstly, schools remain open throughout the national lockdown, and, unless a child falls into the ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ category, attendance at school is expected. We recognise that some people will be anxious about this, and we encourage any parents who are worried to contact the Year Team Leaders to discuss their concerns.
Secondly, unless exemption applies, it is compulsory for pupils and staff to wear face coverings in all indoor areas (other than classrooms) of the school and where social distancing cannot be easily maintained, for example in the queue for the dining area. Refusal to follow this rule will result in sanctions. Should any child forget to bring a face covering to school, a disposable face covering will be provided and a red card will be issued. Continued failure to bring a face mask will result in further sanctions.
Since September we have had strong measures in place to help keep our community safe. I hope, therefore, that the guidance above does not introduce anything new or unexpected. However, I thought it important to keep the communication channels open and provide you with up-to-date information, and I hope that you will feel reassured by our approach.
On a different note, I would ask that all parents/carers encourage their child to arrive at school with a coat to keep them warm and dry in and outside of classrooms, as we are trying to ensure that each room has as much ventilation as possible.
On behalf of our school community, I would like to thank all parents and carers again for their continued support during this time of national challenge.