Letter to Parents/Carers from Mr Booth 5th March 2021

Dear Parent, Carers and Guardians, 


All the staff are excited to be preparing for the return of the children on Monday.  I would like to take this opportunity to remind you to get your family tested for COVID at one of the community testing centres in Southend or alternatively to order a testing kit from http://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.  You will need to order one pack for each member of your family.   So therefore, if you are a family of four you will need to order four packs.  It would be advisable to test everyone in the family at least once a week. 


The COVID Risk Assessment has been reviewed and is now on the school website.  I would like to confirm that the school has taken additional measures to make year group bubbles as ‘tight as possible’ by minimising the number of staff that work across year groups to the absolute minimum.  On the Boston site, if there is a positive test result of a child or member of staff it will be investigated whom that person has had close proximity to.  Therefore, it may not be necessary, on all occasions, to send the whole year group home.  I will of course continue to take advice from Public Health England and the Local Authority with regard to issues related to COVID-19. 


On the East Street site, it may be likely that if a positive case is detected, the whole year group will need to be sent home.  This is due to the way our youngest children interact with each other.  Once again, I will of course take advice from the appropriate authorities. 


As stated previously, it is with disappointment that I believe it wise to cancel Friday enrichment afternoons, until further notice to ensure the school can be a COVID safe as possible in light of new more transmissible variants.  Collection time for your child on a Friday is now at the same time as you do the rest of the week.  However, I wish to affirm the schools commitment to 11+ preparation and this will continue during the school week at a time to be determined once I have spoken with the year five children who attended the 11+ enrichment on their return this Monday. 


I hope the variety of communication with regard to uniform has been helpful.  The key thing to remember is not to get stressed or anxious about this aspect of school.  The important thing is for the children to be in school on Monday remembering that when they have sports they should turn up for school that day in sportswear such as a tracksuit in either black or navy or white t-shirt with royal blue shorts and trainers.  If your child has outgrown their uniform or sportswear, they can wear items of clothing in keeping with the school colours or neutral in tone.   


Today a letter will be sent to your child written by the staff of St. Mary’s which I hope you will take the time to read with them over the weekend. 


With regards,


Mr N Booth - Headteacher