We are writing to you to share some more information regarding today’s closure of the Year Four Bubble. We were informed this morning, Friday 16 July 2021, that a member of the Year Four Bubble has received a positive COVID 19 test result. We completely understand why parents and pupils have found this news frustrating and upsetting. The whole staff team (especially the Year Four staff) are feeling just as devastated, especially as the bubble only returned to school on Tuesday and this is likely to mean that the children will not return before the end of term.

All staff and children in the Year Four bubble must now self-isolate. We recognise that the country moves to Step 4 of the roadmap from Monday 19 July, therefore, we have personally contacted the Department for Education (DfE) to seek guidance regarding what impact this may have upon the length of the isolation period for the Year Four bubble. We have been informed by the DfE that the current guidance around bubble isolation periods remain unchanged and that pupils and staff must isolate for the full 10 days until midnight on Saturday 24 July. However, we were told that senior staff within the DfE and Public Health England (PHE) are in the process of considering if any changes need to be made to the guidance for schools for the last week of the Summer Term. No information about what these potential changes might look like is available at this time but we were informed this is likely to be circulated to schools at the beginning of next week. If we receive confirmation of any changes to the length of the isolation period for the Year Four bubble, we will communicate this to parents immediately.

All staff and children in the Year Four bubble must not leave their house or garden during the isolation period. Siblings of the Year Four pupils can continue to attend school. You do not need to arrange a test for your own child or any other member of your household unless they begin to display symptoms within the isolation period. During the isolation period, if your child or anyone in your household develops symptoms and tests positive for Coronavirus, please inform school immediately.

Our aim will be to provide learning opportunities and support that reflects our learning in the classroom. We also recognise that a bubble closure could present difficulties for many families. However, it is vital that all children continue with their learning using the tasks that we provide for their personal development. We understand that home learning is not ideal and we appreciate your ongoing support. Next week, your child’s live lessons will take place at 9:30am and 11:00am each day. Teachers will use Microsoft Teams to provide a home learning experience through the use of both live and pre-recorded lessons as well as uploaded tasks and quizzes. In addition to the above, children could continue to read their school library books and practice mathematical skills using sites such as TTRockstars, MyMaths and Spelling Shed. The Year Four staff had planned an enriching Art day in school today. Unfortunately, the tasks they had planned are unsuitable for Remote Learning. Miss Dyson and Miss Hull need time to prepare more suitable content to share with pupils online. Therefore, there will be no live teaching sessions or uploaded tasks today. Remote learning will begin from Monday 19 July.

As your child is in KS2, you are entitled to some support regarding IT devices. If your child does not have access to an electronic device such as a laptop, we will be able to provide them with a loan device. We will send a text home to all Year 4 parents (either later today or on Monday) about electronic devices. Please respond promptly when you receive this text if you require us to organise a loan device for your child. Please note, that all loan devices must be returned to school by pupils at the end of the isolation period.

If you or your child have any questions about the work set or if you are struggling to access the live lessons, the Year Four teachers can be contacted during school hours via the email address listed below;

Y4-class@headlandsce.net

If your child is usually eligible for FSM, we will complete an automatic referral on your behalf. You will then be contacted by the Kirklees Local Welfare team.

We recognise that these continue to be difficult times for everybody and that the uncertainty regarding so much of the guidance for Step 4 of the roadmap is frustrating for us all. We ask that everyone remains patient and polite when communicating with school staff who are doing their best to support and provide information for parents. As a school, we can only make decisions based upon the DfE guidance in place at any specific time.

We send our best wishes to all families associated with our school in the hope that you stay safe and healthy in the weeks to come.