First and foremost I hope that all is as well as can be and you have had a good half term. However, I do know that for some of you and your family it has been challenging with COVID and the resultant issues. Please be assured that our thoughts are with you and do not hesitate to contact us here at OPJS if you need further support.
The purpose of this message is to provide an update of what the current situation at OPJS looks like. Here goes:
- We have approximately 10% of children who are absent due to COVID related issues and are either unwell or isolating.
- Similarly we have 8 members of staff (25%) who are doing the same and will be returning to OPJS over the course of the next two weeks. Therefore, it is fair to say that we are a little stretched in a number of year groups as well as in the School Office. On that, I'd be most grateful if you could email the office as opposed to phoning if it is a non urgent matter.
- As a result of the increase in numbers we have been advised to tighten procedures further. As mentioned before half term, we are back in bubbled year groups, separate break and lunchtimes, separate assemblies, mixing minimised, a number of mixed clubs have been cancelled and face coverings are being worn in communal areas. Finally, I would be most grateful if you could leave the school playground swiftly at the end of the day so as to avoid any mixing.
In other news, you may have noticed the new crossing that is being installed outside of school. Unfortunately, due to supply issues, the works have overrun and it does look as though it'll be another couple of weeks before completion. Please do be aware of the changes outside as well as the footpaths that are closed/obstructed. At the moment Tina has positioned herself outside Ascension and we will be opening the gates slightly earlier at the start and end of the day so as to minimise queuing.
Thank you for your continued support and I will be in touch with further details as things progress and hopefully improve.
Mr Dave Goucher