I hope that you and your family had an enjoyable and safe Christmas.
I wanted to update you on information relating to the school re-opening this week. As you know, pupils are
expected to return tomorrow on Tuesday 4th January 2022. I apologise for the lateness of this email but I
was awaiting for any further guidance.
During the Christmas break, the Prime Minister updated national guidance on face coverings in school. This
updated guidance relates to secondary schools only and there are no changes to the face covering
guidance currently in place at our school.
Although children are not required to wear coverings, we want to stress the importance of being sensitive
to individual circumstances. Parents may choose to ask their child to wear a face covering and we expect
members of our community to respect this individual decision.
As a reminder, the protective measures that were in place before the Christmas break remain in place in
our school for the beginning of the term:
• Face coverings for staff in communal areas
• Ventilation in classrooms
• Revert to Teams assemblies
• Parent access to the office will be limited and it is strongly advised that you call or email the school
before coming on to the premises. Any meetings will be held over the phone or virtually for the
• Limit visitors to site to essential visitors only
Parents and carers are strongly advised to wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up your
children to help minimise the spread of the virus in busy and crowded spaces.
In term three, we will continue to offer breakfast club for those who usually attend.
We will of course, do all we can to keep our school open for face-to-face learning. However, if we are
impacted by rising case numbers within year groups or large staff absences, we may need to move some
year groups to remote learning. We can all play our part in preventing this by following the safety
measures in place.
As temperatures are expected to drop again this week, please ensure that your child comes dressed
appropriately and bear in mind that ventilation and keeping windows open in classrooms is a key safety
measure for us.
Following the Christmas break, if your child has developed symptoms of COVID-19 do not return to school
on Tuesday 4th January 2022. Please book a PCR test and seek advice from the NHS website at
In this instance, please contact the school office from tomorrow, and we will advise you on any further
action that may need to be taken.
A reminder that since Wednesday 22 December, the 10-day self-isolation period for people has changed. If
your child receives a negative test result on day 6 and day 7 (at least 24 hours apart) then they can leave
self-isolation on day 7. You can read more about this here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidancefor-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#samehousehold This link also gives advice on what to do if a household member tests positive for COVID-19.
I hope that the information in this letter is helpful and clear. If you have any questions, please email the
school office emails. We are committed to ensuring that our school is a safe learning environment for
pupils and staff and will continue to take decisions in the best interests of our pupils, while following
Government rules and advice.
Let’s hope this term runs as smoothly as possible – thank you in advance for your support and patience with changes that may occur during the next few weeks.
Mrs A Webb
Executive Headteacher of Newbridge Junior School and Penhale Infant School & Nursery