Headmaster's Blog | Friday 26 February

26 February 2021

 

Earlier today I wrote to parents with important information about our reopening on Monday 8 March. If parents haven’t yet seen it, please do not worry as the first few paragraphs now follow! Over the course of the last year I have been required to write some lengthy communications to Caldicott families in a variety of forms and I have tried to streamline our overall volume of communications from my colleagues to keep email traffic down. When I wrote to you earlier this week it was to confirm that subject to the Prime Minister’s announcement we will open to all boys on Monday 8 March and so it will be. The purpose of this letter is to communicate our reopening plan with apologies, in advance, that contrary to what is ideal, you have and will be sent a number of additional communications targeted for certain groups of boys and they will all need close attention.

 

Although the whole country has a similar challenge, we felt it important to set a goal for this term and I would like to share it with you:

By Friday 26 March all boys and staff are reconnected with the special qualities of our school described in The Caldicott Way and everyone has moved on, in every sense, from the experience of lockdown so Caldicott’s high performing staff are ensuring boys are getting the education they deserve.

 

You will recall that we had no positive cases during the Autumn Term 2020 thanks to our rigorous cleaning regime, our mask wearing policy, bubbles and social distancing (particularly between children and adults) and that is where we set our expectations again. Our approach will ensure we accurately reflect the UK Government’s guidance described in ‘Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance February 2021’. We have two particular refinements of note:

  • Boys are required to regularly change their masks and they will be challenged daily on this subject.
  • We will treat the 5th and 6th Form as one ‘bubble’ which will make for a for more boy-friendly experience in the evening.

 

Furthermore, we will approach things in the first few days with the common assumption that there are feelings of uncertainty. Finally, we will tirelessly communicate the special Caldicott behaviours we expect of the boys in the classroom and as members of the community.

 

The letter goes on with lots of operational instructions and a request for you to complete a google form – please check your emails.

 

Have a good weekend.

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