Back in September I posted about the School Governors and their work. I had planned to post this time about how Estcots is funded and spends the money it receives. However recent events make other topics more important.
As everyone knows, Mrs Brock and the Estcots staff spent a huge amount of time and effort preparing the school to re-open in September. They continue to work extremely hard to keep our children safe and happy, while helping them to catch up on the learning time they lost during the first lockdown.
To say their job has been made harder by the COVID cases around the school is a massive understatement. Helping the children to catch up and thrive is already difficult, but when several children in a class have to isolate, or a whole class bubble has to be sent home, their job becomes almost impossible.
While the staff continue to work so hard, our behaviour as parents and carers makes a huge difference to whether or not these measures succeed in limiting the spread of coronavirus.
I’m grateful to the vast majority of you for being careful, for following the rules, for wearing face masks and social distancing properly. However, the recent spike in positive COVID cases among Estcots parents shows that unbelievably, the message still isn’t getting through to everyone. What we see on the school gates at drop-off and pick-up is worrying: too many people not social distancing, standing around chatting, letting younger children run around together – all of this mixing just makes the problem worse.
We all have vulnerable family members the school staff are no exception they too are mindful of keeping their family members safe too.
If the situation gets much worse, we may be ordered to close the school altogether. We desperately don’t want to do that.
The message is simple and has been repeated often enough but please take notice:
- Only one parent/carer at pick-up or drop-off
- Wear a face mask at all times on school premises
- Keep at least 2m between you and everyone else at all times
- Arrive on time (not early) and leave promptly
- If anyone in your household has symptoms or is getting a coronavirus test, DO NOT send your child to school. Stay at home until you get a negative result.
We all dislike these rules, and we miss the contact with friends and relatives; but unless we observe the rules properly they will be with us for longer. We’re lucky that infection rates in mid-Sussex have been much lower than elsewhere in the country, however COVID is real and the sooner we take it seriously and properly follow the rules set to protect us all, the sooner we can hope to put all of this behind us for good.
Please let’s all try harder to do our bit so that our children don’t have to lose out more. A massive thank you to those members of our school community who, having contracted the virus, are working with us and doing the right thing by self-isolating at home. If you’re in any doubt about what to do. Or if you are at all worried, please do contact Mrs Brock. She is very happy to offer guidance and discuss with you any questions or concerns you might have.
Stay safe & well
Chair of Governors