National Lockdown - What does this mean for Bradfields Academy?
5th January 2021
*Disclaimer* This does not apply to exam students.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am sure you are aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement last night in which he outlined the following:
- Hospitals are under "more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic" and the number of Covid patients in England's hospitals increased by almost a third last week
- England must enter a new national lockdown. People must stay at home except for specific reasons allowed under law, such as essential shopping and going to work
- The government will advise those clinically extremely vulnerable people who previously shielded to do so again
- Primary and secondary schools must move to remote learning from tomorrow, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. However, early years education such as nurseries, will still be accessible
- The school closures for most pupils might mean it is "not possible or fair" for all exams to happen this summer "as normal", and the education secretary will work with the exams regulator Ofqual to put in place alternative arrangements
- as a country we are going into full national lockdown. He highlighted that all schools will be closing.
He stated the problem is that ’schools may act as vectors for transmission, causing the virus to spread between households’.
In addition, a joint statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers was issued which recommended that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 5:
“Cases are rising almost everywhere, in much of the country driven by the new more transmissible variant. We are not confident that the NHS can handle a further sustained rise in cases and without further action there is a material risk of the NHS in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days."
What does this mean for Bradfields Academy?
Should you choose to keep your child at home for the duration of Term 3 we would once again ensure that there are no consequences for this decision. We will support children in accessing their learning and provide additional support in line with the requirements of your child’s EHCP.
Subject to staffing availability Bradfields Academy is aiming to open to all students from the 18th January, In order to ascertain if we will have sufficient staffing we would like all parents and carers to complete the following online form to indicate if you are intending to send you child into the academy from Monday 18th January or if you would prefer to keep your child safe at home.
Please can you complete the online form by 8am on the 7th January 2020:
I would like to thank all parents for your ongoing support and understanding.
Miss M Sweetlove