Dear North Tawton Families,
With so many children, staff and parents testing positive with covid this week, it has been a challenging week. Unfortunately this new variant is really spreading quickly around our community and indeed across Devon, and we do have a number of people who have been very ill with it.
From a school point of view, it has been incredibly challenging as seven of our staff have been unable to come to work this week. This has had a huge impact upon our normal routines and systems. A huge thank you to all of the staff team who have supported the school this week. Staff have worked extra days and hours, missed breaks and their planning time so that ratios could be covered and therefore we have not had to close any classes. I am so grateful as I am sure you are too. I think we all agree that remote learning is a very last resort and must be avoided if at all possible.
If you or your child has symptoms of Covid, please take a test. If you or they test positive, please do not come to school. We really can’t continue to have such high levels of contagion. Many of our children and staff have family members who are medically vulnerable and could become critically ill they contract the virus.
Absence from school had a detrimental effect to learning so I urge everyone to pull together to reduce this.
Please wear masks at the drop off and collection as well as in the community in shops and at work. Please continue to have good hand hygiene at home, washing hands and sanitizing. Also remember the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ advice, with tissues being disposed of to stop germs spreading.
A huge thank you to FONTS for organising the Bags To School collection – a very impressive £408 raised! See the Fonts update for more details.
Watch this space for an opportunity to buy a once in a lifetime tea towel, and raise money for our school…
Bake Sale for Ukraine
On Friday 25th March, Year 4 will be organising a Bake Sale to raise funds for Ukraine.
If you are able to bake a cake, cup cakes or provide something special to sell, please bring to school on Friday. Please avoid nuts and jot down the ingredients so we can be clear what each treat contains. We will have tables out from 3.15 – 3.45 for in the playground where KS2 are collected.
Wishing all of our children, staff and parents who are isolating a very speedy recovery.
With best wishes for the weekend,