Letter to Parents 26 August 2020

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

As we prepare for all pupils to return to school on a full-time basis, staff at the Rainey have been working to carry out comprehensive risk assessments to facilitate a safe return to learning in the building. May I take this opportunity to remind you, as per previous guidance, that it is absolutely imperative that you do not send your child to school if he/she is presenting with any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a high temperature or a new and persistent cough.

 

The Education Minister has just reviewed guidance regarding the use of face coverings in schools. Pupils will now be asked to wear a face covering when moving between classes and when in busy communal areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. This will come into effect from 1 September and we would ask that your child comes to school prepared for this. We do understand that some children may have medical exemption from wearing a face covering and we will be accommodating of this.

 

Furthermore, I would like to draw your attention to the most recent guidance issued by the Education
Authority relating to vulnerable young people or pupils whose households may have been shielding over the last few months.

 

  • If a child, young person lives with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely
    vulnerable), including those who are pregnant, they can attend their education setting.
  • If a child, young person or staff member lives in a household with someone who is extremely clinically
    vulnerable (as set out in the COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical
    grounds as extremely vulnerable) it is advised they only attend an education or childcare setting if
    stringent social distancing can be adhered to and, in the case of children, they are able to understand and
    follow those instructions. If stringent social distancing cannot be adhered to it is not expected that those
    individuals will attend school. They will then be supported to learn at home and will be provided with
    any teaching/resource materials required. If your child falls into this category, we ask that you contact
    Mr Simpson via the school Office at your earliest convenience to discuss the best plan for your child
    and your family.
  • Vulnerable and statemented pupils across all year groups continue to be expected to attend school where
    it is appropriate for them to do so. Risk assessments will be carried out by the school and in conjunction
    with the family, as required.
  • For vulnerable children and young people who have specific health care needs, attendance is expected
    where it is determined, following risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met in
    the educational environment. If your child falls into this category, please contact Mr Simpson via the
    school office before full-time return so that we can discuss the balance of risk, including health
    vulnerabilities, family circumstances, risks outside the home, and the child or young person’s assessed
    special.

 

Yours sincerely

 

N McCLEMENTS
Acting Principal

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