Important Information for w/c 9th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We apologise for the lateness of this letter, however this afternoon we have been made aware of a number of staff who have been informed by the NHS Test and Trace system to self-isolate. These staff, alongside staff who are already self-isolating due to the rise in cases, or as a result of last week’s change of guidance due to the second lockdown, means we are not able to operate safely at full capacity.

Therefore, it is with regret that we are going to move to online learning for Year 9 starting from tomorrow (Monday 9th November) for one week only. This means that students in Year 9 will remain at home for this coming week and complete their learning online, they will then return to school on Monday 16th November.

If the situation continues, we will then run this online learning on a rota basis, with a different year group working from home each week. We are currently proposing:

Year 9: The week beginning the 9th November

Year 8: The week beginning the 16th November

Year 7: The week beginning the 23rd November

Year 10: The week beginning the 30th November

Year 12 and 13: The week beginning 7th December

Year 11: The week beginning the 14th of December (mock exams will have been completed as this is the last week of term).

Of course, we hope this won’t continue for the rest of the term, and we will notify all parents of future plans via email and the school website before the end of the next week. You will appreciate that this is an everchanging situation and that we will be monitoring how it develops daily. Similarly, if we need to reduce our capacity further, we will let you know by email and the school website.

Please rest assured that we have not taken this decision lightly. We have worked extremely hard since September to keep the school running as normally as possible, however due to the already mentioned rise in cases both nationally and in the local community, and staff being instructed to self-isolate, it has made a huge impact on staff numbers and our abilities to operate safely at full capacity.

The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff continues to be paramount and I’d like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation, we will continue to keep you informed.

With my best wishes,

Mr M Gamble: Head of School
The Castle Rock School