Monday 11th January 2021
Dear Parent or Carer,
These are very difficult times for our island.
As you will be aware, we are running hubs for the children of essential workers. Whilst we will continue to do all we can to support our parents and carers through this challenging period, we are also mindful that the advice from Government is to keep your child at home if you are able to do so. As the Chief Minister noted in the press release on January 11th, any person-to-person contact increases the risk of spread of the virus.
We are doing our utmost to keep children and staff safe whilst they are in school. However, in order for our hubs to function, we need to have a multitude of personnel on site. This includes teachers, education support staff, canteen staff, cleaners, and a trained first aider. Clearly, the more people we have on site, the more chance there is of the virus being passed on.
If you have no alternative, but to send your child to one of the hubs, please note that if feasible, we will require students to wear face coverings from Thursday onwards. We do have a limited amount of disposable masks available, but to be effective these have to be changed regularly. The preference would be for you to provide your child with their own face covering.
I am therefore asking you to please keep your child at home if you are able to do so. We appreciate this will require sacrifice on your part in the short term, but is in the best interests of everyone on the island in the long term.
I thank you in anticipation of your support.