I am writing in response to our consideration of the update we shared with you last Thursday https://www.byersgreen.durham.sch.uk/coronavirus-update-02-12-21/.
After carefully reviewing the information in relation to our own individual situation, we have decided not to introduce any additional measures in school at this time. We will, of course, continue to give close attention to ventilation, cleaning and respiratory and hand hygiene. As always, we will remain vigilant and will not hesitate to reintroduce the measures which we had in place during the previous academic year (e.g. staggered starts and finishes, staggered playtimes and lunchtimes or class bubbles) should these become necessary at some point in the future.
It is with regret that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the trip to the Gala Theatre to see the annual pantomime which was due to take place next Wednesday afternoon. With the ongoing uncertainty about the impact of the Omicron variant and the majority of adults yet to receive a booster jab, we feel that it is better to adopt a cautious approach to any situations which could potentially put our children, staff and wider school community at greater risk of infection, especially so close to the Christmas holidays.
As mentioned previously, we will ensure that a full refund is provided to anyone who has already paid for pantomime tickets. Please bear with us over the next few days as we organise this.
The following events will take place in school next week:
CHRISTMAS MOVIE AFTERNOON – WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER Each class will have the opportunity to watch a Christmas movie and enjoy some sweet treats.
CHRISTMAS DINNER AND CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY – THURSDAY 16 DECEMBER The children and staff will be able to enjoy the traditional Christmas dinner on Thursday 16 December. If your child normally has packed lunch but would like a Christmas dinner, please let Mrs Blenkiron know as soon as possible. To add to the festive feeling, children and staff are invited to wear Christmas-themed clothing on this day.
CHRISTMAS PARTIES – FRIDAY 17 DECEMBER The children will be able to come to school dressed in their party clothes on this day. The parties will take place in classrooms with a range of fun games and activities – refreshments will also be provided.
School will close for the Christmas holiday on Friday 17 December 2021 at 3.15pm. We return on Wednesday 5 January 2022.
Take care and stay safe.
Mr W. Kirtley (Headteacher)