Week beginning 18th January 2021
This has been our worst week since the virus began, so I am very pleased that we are in lock down and many of our children are staying safe at home. We have had six positive staff tests since last Saturday and a further seven staff awaiting test results at various points across the week. (Thankfully these were all negative.) The positive results have taken out thirteen other staff as close contacts and we have had to close four bubbles for self-isolation and one Year 4 bubble as a temporary precaution. This bubble reopened on Friday. The fact that we have remained open is testament to our fantastic staff. This week in particular, I want to mention Louise in the office, who has been on her own all week dealing with phone calls, visitors, registers and home learning packs. She has done a fabulous job and been a huge support.
All of our staff are starting regular lateral flow COVID testing from Monday along with all other primary staff across the country. This will help us to ensure that none of the staff in the building are asymptomatic and will add to our risk assessment to make Ravenswood as safe as possible. I want to remind families to be equally careful and not to send their children into school if they are poorly. Public Health England have told me that something that looks like a usual child being ill, could be a sign of asymptomatic COVID.
And now for the good news.
This week, an ex-pupil, Paul Thapar, rang me up and asked how he could help the school in these difficult times. Paul left Ravenswood in 1989 and I know of at least one of our parents who will remember him as a class mate. I remember him well and have enjoyed two visits from him since becoming Headteacher. He has gone on to be a very successful businessman, running a group of dental practices. He has given school an incredibly generous cash donation so that we can quickly buy some iPads to loan out to families who have no access to a device for home learning. I was stunned by his generosity and thanked him on behalf of the whole school community. We have used the money straight away and are getting the equipment ready for loan, hopefully by the end of next week.
With some bubbles closed this week, school has felt very quiet. We are cracking on with the same work that is in the home learning packs and I hope children at home are enjoying these lessons as much as we are in school. Lots more of you have helped to get your children onto Seesaw this week and we are seeing some lovely work. The home learning packs will identify which work teachers would like to see each day. Thank you for all of your help. We realise that we are asking a lot of you at the moment and will do our best to make the work as accessible as possible.
It was lovely to see the sun shining again on Thursday and Friday. Please remember to get outdoors when you can. It is great for your general well-being and if a little bit of home learning gets missed because of a nice walk or a bike ride, then you won’t get into trouble from anyone at Ravenswood.