The Corona Virus has presented us with an unprecedented challenge for St. Colum’s. This is an extremely worrying and challenging time for everyone and unfortunately we are receiving delayed and outdated advice in a situation which is extremely fluid.
On Monday there was 50% attendance at school across all classes. Although the school was operational this is not an effective educational experience for any of the children. The reduction in numbers was due to both voluntary and mandatory self-isolation. The whole school community sends their best wishes to all those St. Colum’s families forced to self-isolate. Government statistics would suggest these numbers are likely to increase.
Consequently, we have decided that on Wednesday 18th March the school will be closed for a staff development day which will afford teachers the opportunity to finalise lesson plans and scopes of work which they have been compiling for the children for the inevitable event of full school closure.
Thereafter, from Thursday 19th March, the school will remain open under UK government directives although the children will not necessarily be taught in their normal class fashion. This will depend on children’s attendance levels and staff wellness.
We completely respect the rights of parents and guardians to make decisions in the best interests of their families at this time. No child’s attendance performance will be adversely affected (i.e. they shall not be marked absent) if you withdraw them from school provided you, in accordance will child safe guarding procedures, have informed the school of your reason. Those who have already contacted us do not need to do so again.
We will send out a text on Wednesday morning about absences to which you can reply directly. These replies will saved on the school system.
As Principal I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
Mrs Mc Cullagh, principal and Mr Mulholland, Chair of Governors.