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Weekly News Friday 20 November

20 November 2020


Dear Parents and Carers


This has been quite a worrying week for us all as we have had to close the school to our Year 2 pupils and staff due to a positive test for COVID-19 within that Year Group Bubble.  


This afternoon we have received notification that a pupil in Year 1 has now been tested positive and so we have had to close the school for Year 1 pupils until Wednesday 2 December.


I would like to reassure everyone that we have done everything that we can to help prevent the spread of infection. The whole school has been further deep cleaned and has been electrostatically fogged a process that kills off all traces of bacteria and viruses this fogging will be repeated again next week.


We can all hope and pray that this will be the last Year Group Bubble that we have to close in the school. We all need to help keep everyone safe by following the Government guidance of “Hands, Face, and Space.”


Miss Leggett has continued to provide work online for the children via the Year 2 Class Page so that they can continue their learning at home and Mrs Williams will now do the same for Year 1 pupils.


I would like to thank all the staff in the school for their continued hard work and professionalism in what is a very difficult time for all of us.


Parents Evening


This week we held our first parents evening via video call and while not ideal this seems to have been very successful. We are aware that there have been some technical issues for some parents but for the majority the technology seems to have worked.


Unfortunately, we had to postpone appointments for Year 2, Year R and for Mrs Chambers our school SENCO and we will rearrange these as soon as possible. We will also arrange further appointments for “catch up” with parents who had difficulty with the new system or who missed these two evenings.


Pupil Data Consent


Today you should have received a Pupil Data Consent form which we need to be returned to school as soon as possible.


Children in Need


The “Spotty Sprint” for Children in Need was very successful. The children had a lovely time and some were getting quite competitive with the number of laps they managed to run. The total of money raised so far is £1059.69 which is an amazing amount. Well done everyone at St Simon’s!


With best wishes


Peter McCabe