Overtaken by events

The letter I wrote to parents at nine this morning was overtaken by other events at ten.

But when I read it again just now I realised that most of it is still very relevant. Here are two small sections:

Health protection and preventative steps

The best four things we can all do to protect each other from infection are:

  • If you have coronavirus symptoms, or someone in your household does, do not attend school – get a test
  • Clean your hands more often than usual - wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly
  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene by following the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • And we will continue cleaning frequently-touched surfaces often, using standard products, such as detergents, antibacterial wipes and bleach.

Changes to classrooms are not the same as changes to the school

The children will see how classrooms have had to be laid out differently. They will not have access to everything as they usually do. Certain activities cannot take place for now. We have removed things like cushions and blankets. There will be very little, if any, coming together in celebration just now.

However, buildings and classrooms and tables do not make a school – schools are communities and shared ideas, they are shared triumphs and the joy of learning. Schools are about friendships and growth, they are about knowing you‘ve done well and celebrating when someone else does, too. Schools are  essentially about the people that make them up, and so school will be here on Tuesday, as strong, as warm, as confident, as fascinating and as fun as ever. I reckon, that after an initial quiet ten minutes, we will soon see smiles, hear chatter and laughter, and each and every child will enjoy a great day.

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