Firstly, thank you for your support today. Almost all parent/carers have been spoken to today, and staff were impressed with your practical and intelligent response to the current crisis.
As you may be aware, despite the directives to close schools both locally and nationally, special schools are required to provide for any pupils considered vulnerable. As such we will have an on-going offer for pupils who need our support in school from Wednesday 6th January.
Many of you are rightly cautious and have reasonably chosen to keep your children at home, because of the risk of infection in schools, with the new strain and the rapid increase in cases in our local community. We support you with your decision and pupils will not be penalised for non-attendance. You have my assurance that we will provide a remote learning offer during the time they are off, and staff will keep in contact to ensure the boys have what they need.
Unfortunately, the late notice we have had from the government on the guidelines for safe practice has not enabled us to complete our risk assessments and ensure that any on-site provision is safe for pupils tomorrow. We will therefore be running a remote learning day tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January) to give us the time to complete all that is required.
I am sorry if this causes you any inconvenience, but I am sure you would agree that we need to take all steps possible to try and make the site as safe as possible. The Trust will be in contact with you in the next 24 hours regarding Testing in Schools.
Please keep an eye on the website and your e-mail for further updates, as the situation continually changes.
Langham Oaks School