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Important Update about school closure 2.1.2021

3 January 2021 (by admin)

Dear parents and carers, 

Apologies for interrupting your weekend, however I have some important information to share with you this evening.

As you may be aware, the Government announced on 30th December that they were enacting the Department for Education (DfE) contingency framework for some local authority areas.

The infection rate for Covid-19 in the city has significantly increased since the beginning of December 2020.  

The Local Authority published data (up to 27 December) shows that the rate in Brighton & Hove has increased by more than 500% since we came out of lock down at the beginning of December.  

It is currently 388 per 100,000. However, the early indications are that this sharp increase is continuing, and we will approach rates of approximately 500 per 100,000 in the next few days.  

This rapid increase is mirrored in the rates in our children and young people. The city’s all ages pattern is similar to that previously seen in urban areas of Kent and East Sussex. 

Following a meeting between the council leadership and officers including public health earlier today, a decision was made to write to the Secretary of State for Education. The Leader of the Council is formally requesting that Brighton & Hove be named within the contingency framework and that primary schools move to remote learning for the majority of pupils from 4 January 2021.  

Whilst the LA await a response from the DfE, the council have just advised primary headteachers that from 4th January 2021 they should move to remote learning for all pupils except for vulnerable children and those of critical workers.  

We recognise this is extremely last-minute advice and apologise for this, however, this is a fast-moving situation, and we need to keep children, school staff and the wider community as safe as possible.   

All staff continue to be concerned about the educational experiences our children have missed due to the pandemic and the impact on some children’s emotional health and wellbeing of not being in school regularly.

The priority right now, must be the safety of children, school staff and the wider community.  

We will be regularly reviewing our stance, and further information will be issued tomorrow and Monday, which remains an INSET day.

I hope that you have all enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you all again at school as soon as we possibly can.

Thank you once more for your ongoing support. 

Alister Sutherland

Headteacher