Burnside Primary School and Nursery
COVID-19: Plan B and looking ahead to January
Following the government’s announcement to implement Plan B, for school this means:
Looking ahead to January and beyond, the government has told us to review our contingency arrangements.
Face to face education in school remains the priority with a full offer (as above) to our pupils. There is uncertainty about the impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
We may be advised by public health experts to close part or all of the school. This could be a class, an age group or the whole school.
We face risks and challenges to remain open to all pupils because members of staff may become ill, show symptoms of COVID-19 or be forced to self-isolate as a result of being a close contact of someone who has the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Already, this term, we have reached times where every available member of staff has been teaching to keep classes in school. We appreciate parents’ understanding and flexibility of our staff as our arrangements change rapidly.
We will use all available staff and agency staff to keep classes open. We are not able to move teaching assistants who work with pupils with special educational needs and an Education, Health and Care Plan to cover classes. This limits our flexibility.
We will switch to remote education for individual classes, age groups or the whole school, only as a result of government or public health instruction; or if we are unable to cover a teacher’s absence. This will be for as short amount of time as possible.
Parents might want to be prepared for any disruption to face to face education of pupils in school by: