February Half Term

All schools, including Wadworth, will close as usual over February half-term and are not expected to remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers during that week.

Free school meal vouchers will continue over half term, either using the national scheme or the scheme we utilized during the first 2 weeks of this term.

Contact Tracing Over Half Term:

Again, the Department for Education and Public Health England advise that:
• where a pupil or staff member develops symptoms within the first 48 hours after the end of half term, and tests positive, school should be contacted and informed.
• where a pupil or staff member develops symptoms after the first 48 hours and tests positive, they should use the ‘normal’ national test and trace system.

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Restricting capacity

By close of play on Friday 8th January, we had established that exactly 100 children were potentially eligible for a place in school following the updated guidance. On roll, we have 161 children in school, so this represents 62% of the children who attend school. We were not expecting such a large uptake, since we had 62 children attend school during the previous lockdown, which according to the social distancing guidelines of maintaining 2m distance was the maximum number at that time. Although the national guidance states that schools should not restrict numbers, it is my job as headteacher to consider a number of issues, weigh up whether it is possible to fully implement the guidance and make a decision. Below are the issues I have had to consider.

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