Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, announced this evening that schools in the hardest hit COVID areas will not open their doors as planned after the Christmas break.
Our school sits in the district of Harlow which has been identified as one of the country’s COVID hot spots. This means that we will not be able to open after the Christmas break as planned.
We are currently awaiting more Government guidance but what we do know is that we will only be able to open the school to vulnerable children and those where both parents are working as critical workers. William Martin Nursery will also be closed to all pupils during this period. All other children will receive remote learning until the Government review on 18th January.
At William Martin Schools, the INSET days on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January will go ahead as planned and then all children will receive remote learning on Wednesday 6th January. We will then open for our vulnerable and critical worker children on Thursday 7th January 2021 and all other children will continue their remote learning. More details will be sent out shortly.
If you think your child meets the criteria and you will need a school place then please contact the school via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state if you require a place every day or on specific days. We will then contact you to confirm your child’s place by Tuesday 5th January.
We appreciate your support and your patience during this difficult and challenging time. The health and wellbeing of our children will always be at the heart of our decision making at William Martin. Please be patient with us while we await further Government guidance and put plans together to provide a safe learning environment for all.