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Keeping Safe in Light of the New Variant

Hello Everyone,

As I am sure you will have seen in the national media, the missing person with the Brazil Covid P1 variant has been tracked down to the South Norwood area. In response to this, Croydon Council in conjunction with NHS Test and Trace, have introduced extra Covid-19 testing in South Norwood and Thornton Heath. From today, Croydon Council will be going door-to-door delivering home test kits to households in the South Norwood and Thornton Heath area. Croydon Council have published information about this here.

We urge those families and staff who live in these areas to take the test, as requested. This does not affect pupils’ return to school on Monday. Our schools will open as planned tomorrow.

Whilst our schools will be open, it is more important than ever to ensure that we keep everyone as safe as possible. With the South African variant tracked to New Addington and the Brazil variant tracked to South Norwood, the risk to our staff and children remains high. The vast majority of our staff have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, therefore, we all need to work together to make sure that we keep the risk of infection to an absolute minimum.

I would like to remind everyone of our school’s Covid safety rules:

We remain in a national lockdown. Therefore, everyone should remember that the law states the following:

Staff will be on hand to support this at the start and end of each day. Please be thoughtful and work with us. It is vitally important that we all follow the rules and I am sure that you all agree that we need to do everything we can to protect each other and avoid another lockdown.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Keep safe.

Susan Papas

Executive Headteacher

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