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Covid-19 Update from Guy Chappell - 5th January 2021

Dear Parent / Carers

The Special Partnership Trust Covid-19 update - 5th January 2021

I wanted to write to you to provide an honest overview of the current position of the Special Schools in Cornwall and what we are planning to do.  These are unprecedented times - information and guidance changes almost daily.  It is no surprise that we were taken aback by the Government announcement yesterday evening, as we had planned extensively over the New Year period in the hope of welcoming students back to school as usual this week.   We are still gathering detailed information from the Department of Education and it is vital that we take time to plan and communicate effectively with pupils, parents and staff.

It is important to emphasise that we endeavour to ensure schools are as safe / Covid secure as possible but, with Covid cases now rising in Cornwall this inevitably impacts on safety.  We need time to put measures in place and to plan our education offer whilst we review risk assessments, staff availability and those pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable to ensure that we are able to support all pupils with either onsite or remote learning or a blended combination.  We understand and support the fact that many parents will choose to keep children at home and ‘shield’ them during the lockdown period.  The wellbeing of staff and pupils is our priority.  

Curnow School will remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday 6th January).  This is instead of the originally planned Inset on Friday 8th January.  We will be continuing to work on setting up the testing process which will initially be in place for staff at our Secondary school site.   Trust Schools will be providing support (remote/onsite/blended) for pupils from Thursday this week (7th January) and teachers will be in touch with families today.

I am very proud and grateful for the reaction and continued support of staff, parents and pupils at this time.  This is a wonderful community and we are working together to develop flexible arrangements that will be put in place to make sure we can offer support to pupils and families.

School staff will remain in touch with you to explain the school offer, our plans and the way forward.  If you have any concerns or questions please refer to the school website, contact your school or the Trust office and we will answer any questions or queries.

Yours faithfully


Guy Chappell

Executive Director

The Special Partnership Trust