I believe that the first few months of the new year are still going to be extremely challenging in relation to COVID. However, as the vaccines are rolled out, hopefully the rate of infection will decrease.
In the meantime, Victoria School is open as usual from 4 January in line with instructions from the Secretary of State for Education that all Special Schools should remain open.
We are also getting closer to being able to re-admit the children who require regular suctioning / nebulising. We are now awaiting final advice regarding cleaning requirements of the areas within classrooms, designated for these procedures. When this has been clarified, we will look forward to these pupils returning to school.
We may receive test kits for the rollout of mass testing on Monday. However, this has not yet been confirmed. When we do receive the test kits, we need to recruit trained staff to carry out the testing, seek parental permission and set up the testing area, so mass testing will not begin immediately.
Please remember that your child must not attend school if they develop COVID symptoms, are awaiting a COVID test result or if they have been instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self isolate. If any of these apply to your child or anyone in your household, please keep them at home and contact the school office for advice.
Anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, should stay at home. Please contact your child's teacher about remote education.
Young people in year 7 and above who are able to wear a face mask are encouraged to wear one when moving around the communal areas of the school.
Assemblies and special events will continue to be held virtually until further notice.
If you are not sending your child to school because of your concerns over Coronavirus, please contact the school office to let them know.