|E-newsletter #61 Thursday 5th November 2020|
Covid-19: Updated DfE Guidance For Schools - 4th November 2020
Yesterday afternoon, the government published updated Covid-19 guidance for education settings which can be found here.
The key message, for primary schools at least, is that the new guidance is fundamentally unchanged from that issued at the start of the academic year. The day-to-day running of the school will feel the same as before half term and the established routines that staff, pupils and parents are now accustomed to will continue.
The most significant change to the general 'education setting' guidance is the mandatory wearing of face masks in secondary schools. This guidance does not extend to primary settings and so the information on face masks in our Parent Information document and risk assessment remains the same.
Overall, the DfE's position which is supported by the school is that:
Schools continue to remain open for all children and young people as they have since the start of the autumn term for the duration of the national restrictions.
Being at school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time spent out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of education, and children’s future ability to learn. It continues to be our aim that all pupils, in all year groups, remain in school full-time.
The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. For the vast majority of children, the benefits of being back in the classroom far outweigh the low risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools can take action to reduce risks still further.
Thank you for your continued support in these very difficult circumstances. School staff remain fully committed to providing a safe, happy and productive environment for your child.
|Grendon Church Of England Primary School
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