CLUBS SUSPENDED - SEE BELOW PARENTMAIL SENT 1ST NOVEMBER
In light of yesterday’s announcement of a national lockdown starting on Thursday 5th November, I have decided to postpone the start of many of our after school and lunchtime clubs, until we have greater clarity from the government on what schools can/cannot do going forwards. This includes all choirs, wind band, recorders, sports (Premier Sport and in-house), swimming and art clubs that were starting this week. Shakespeare club will also be suspended.
In all clubs, children from all classes across a year group come together. We had risk assessed this at the beginning of the term and we kept numbers low to enable social distancing of at least 1m. In light of my conversation with the DfE helpline last weekend, this may not be enough to prevent us having to isolate children outside of a class bubble, if we had a positive case.
Extra-curricular clubs are not “essential” activities and, as they involve greater mixing of pupils and staff, I feel that they certainly go against the “spirit” of this lockdown, even if they are not explicitly mentioned in the guidance.
Peripatetic music lessons will continue as these are during the school day, and pupils are in small groups and socially distanced at 2m+ in all of these lessons.
Hopefully we will develop a greater understanding of expectations as the week goes on and can make an informed decision as to what to do for the best as soon as possible.
If you have paid any money towards activities, you will be reimbursed if we decide not to run clubs this half-term.
I’m very sorry to mess you about. This decision really goes against everything that Sidegate stands for and I am keen to get extra-curricular activities up and running as soon as possible.