To all parent/carers of pupils at Create Partnership Trust schools:
You will be aware of the great concern being raised locally and nationally about the new variant of the COVID-19 virus which is spreading rapidly across the country. Although the rate of growth and transmission in Birmingham is not as high as it currently is in London and the South-East, it is nevertheless above the national average.
You will also be aware of the high level of anxiety amongst school staff, many of whom have now been advised by their trade union to work from home. Unfortunately, this means that our schools will not have the necessary supervision in place to open for all children this week.
This is a source of great regret for me and your school leaders as we are committed to giving your children the best possible educational provision.
Your child’s school will be closed this week although it may be able to make provision for the children of key workers, as it did last spring and summer.
Each school will make its own arrangements to suit its particular circumstances and you will be kept fully informed by the school.
As a Trust, we will review the situation on Friday 8 January for the following week and parents will be informed immediately.
It is important to note that the school staff will all continue working – from home or in larger, empty spaces at school – and the key task will be to prepare and deliver remote education so your children can carry on with their learning at home.
It looks as if many schools in Birmingham are going to be affected in the same way.
We are all unhappy to be in this situation and hope that testing and vaccinations will be offered to as many of us as possible in the near future.
Meanwhile we understand how difficult this will be for families, especially if your employment is affected. We are doing everything we can to keep the schools virus-free and we hope that you are able to do the same in your own household.
All our good wishes to everyone.
On behalf of everyone at Create Partnership Trust