I am extremely sorry that St Ann’s remains closed to all students and all but a skeleton of office and premises staff tomorrow, Tuesday 28th September.
This is because we have a cluster of Covid-19 positive cases in the Telstar provision (3 staff) and in the main building (2 staff). Unfortunately this now includes myself and Mary (Deputy Headteacher).
Throughout the day discussions have continued with Public Health England, Public Health Ealing the Local Authority and the Chair of Governors and it has been agreed that school should remain closed, with a further meeting scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
This is necessary because it remains unknown as to the current incidence of Covid infection within the student population because the majority of young people are not able to take a PCR test. This course of action also provides additional time for the receipt of outstanding staff PCR test results.
The main aim of everyone concerned is to contain this recent outbreak and not place more students, their families and staff at risk. As you are aware this is particularly important given the extreme vulnerability of many of our students, their unvaccinated status and the very real risk of serious and potentially life threatening illness.
We apologise for and do not underestimate the disruption that the closure of St Ann’s is causing to many parents/carers who are trying to go to work and to get other children to school etc. In partnership with the Local Authority and the designated Health Authorities we will do everything possible to re-open school as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.