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East Dulwich

Year 7 entry 2021 Digital Open Day and Headteacher's update letter

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Headteacher's update:  Friday 16 October 2020

Dear Parent or Carer.

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s announcement of additional restrictions on Londoners will have implications for how we all live our lives over the coming weeks and months. Fortunately, the announcement has fewer implications for our School than for some in London. For clarity: our School will remain open to all students. Everyone is expected back in School at the normal time on Monday, 2 November.
 
Our students are already required to bring face masks to school and to wear those masks in circulation spaces and when queuing for lunch. The wearing of masks under these circumstances will be a legal requirement from next half term. According to guidance provided to schools by the Department for Education:
 
“…face coverings should be worn by adults (staff and visitors) and pupils when moving around indoors, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.”
 
Parents who believe their child should be exempt from wearing a face mask for medical reasons should secure a doctor’s note to that effect and share this with the School, if they have not done so already. The School will sanction any student who does not wear a face mask.
 
We have no special information about the prospects of any additional restrictions that might affect schools. We will communicate with you proactively if anything changes over the half term.
 
In the meantime, preliminary work by the London Borough of Southwark suggests that the risk of vial transmission between children is much greater in the local community than it is in school. This is an important observation as we break for half term. Your children will understandably want to meet up with friends over the school break. But I must urge you to supervise that contact closely and to ensure that it is fully compliant with the restrictions all Londoners now face.
 
Finally, I am sure that parents will be aware of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty. Mr. Rashford is working to extend the availability of free school meals to any child whose parent receive Universal Credit. Mr. Rashford’s petition already has over 200,000 signatures, including my own and that of many other school staff. Parents who wish to add their name to that petition can do so here.

I would like to wish all of our students and you, their families, a very restful half term.
 
Thank you for your continued support and kind regards.
 
 
Mr. A. Crossman
Headteacher
 
 
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