Dear Parents and Carers at Newsham Primary School,
I feel as though every announcement I will have to make over the coming days needs to start with a heartfelt apology for the circumstances that face our children and you, our parents and carers. Having been Headteacher at Newsham for seventeen years, there have been relatively few situations that I’ve been unable to resolve or at least provide some level of help or support, but as one father acknowledged last night, I am in a somewhat impossible position and can only do my very best to protect the safety of all involved in the life of our school community.
In terms of making a decision for the remainder of this week and for next week, I have analysed every data source available to me and considered the national, local and community situation as it changes and develops. The latest Covid-19 case data lists Newsham ward as the 13th highest out of 66 in Northumberland and the other wards in Blyth are also reporting a higher than average number of cases.
Based on Covid-19 information and the significantly reduced staffing levels at Newsham Primary, the Chair of Governors and I have made the following decision.
From Tuesday, January 5th to Friday, January 15th, Newsham Primary will only be open to the children of key workers, Looked After Children (LAC), those with an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) or those with a social worker supporting their family.
I wanted to share this information as swiftly as possible to give you all time to make alternative arrangements and a Teams booking form is being emailed to you all now (and will also be available on our website) if you think your child is eligible for a place tomorrow.
Can I make a plea that you only complete the teams form mentioned above if you have absolutely no other option for your child. High quality remote learning is being provided for all children and we will have extremely limited capacity to teach children face to face in school.
Please read the email that will be sent to you shortly and keep up to date each day via our school website. We will monitor the situation very closely and inform you of any changes if necessary.
Once again, I am so sorry. I really wish I was communicating a more positive message and I hope you can continue to support me as I lead our school through such difficult and unprecedented times.
Please take care and stay safe.