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Roadmap Step 4 delay 15th June update

Dear Parents/Carers

RE: COVID roadmap delay

We received the following message from the Department for Education yesterday.

Prime Minister Announcement

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced today that he was not able to say that we have met all four tests for proceeding with Step 4 and thinks it is sensible to wait just a little longer. This will give time for the vaccination programme to protect people from the virus in light of the new variant. He felt confident we will not need to wait beyond 19 July. The government will monitor the position every day and if, after two weeks, the risk has diminished then Step 4 might proceed sooner.

Please keep your current protective measures in place until there is a further announcement on Step 4 of the roadmap. These measures in education settings will remain in place to help reduce transmission of the virus.

As a result of this announcement, we are now reassessing the school plans we had made for transition and the end of the year. Whilst we will not be able to invite parents onto the school site for some of our usual end of year events, we still plan to go ahead with some of the events, but in a different format. For example, any end of year assemblies will be delivered via TEAMs and Sports day will go ahead in some form but without spectators on school grounds. We will keep parents informed of any changes through the school newsletter and Classlist notifications.

We are as disappointed as the community is with the delay to the lifting of restrictions, however, if it keeps our School and wider community safer in the light of rapidly rising infection rates for Botley, we absolutely support this decision.  We ask that parents also support this decision by keeping to our COVID safety precautions until the end of term and making every effort to reduce contacts outside of school in an effort to slow the spread of infection.    

Thank you

Yours sincerely

Jo Reid

Mrs Jo Reid BA(hons) PGCE MA NPQH

Headteacher

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