The outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has presented huge challenges to our school in recent days but also society at large. Through this difficult time, we want to take calm and measured steps that ensure the safety of our whole school community; our pupils, parents, staff and their wider family circles.
Advice and guidance from the government is rapidly changing. At present, schools are instructed to remain open and that those who are not showing symptoms should come to work or school as normal. Those who are presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 (see PHA) are to isolate themselves, along with other individuals in their household, for 14 days. The updated advice has had major implications for the staff at Moyallon PS with some now having to self-isolate. We appreciate that this will also be the case for some of our pupils and their families.
Comments from Peter Weir (Education Minister) have alluded to school closures at a time that is right. We are also led to believe that the closures will be significant and may well last until the end of the school year. I must stress that we have no indication as to when this will commence. Regardless, I’d like to reassure you that the staff at Moyallon PS are preparing for this scenario and will support you with your child’s education throughout the closure period. Provision of schoolwork for children is ready and waiting however due to the expectation of long-lasting closures, further work is necessary.
In light of the required preparation work, the Board of Governors has made the decision to move this year’s remaining three School Development Days to Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March. This means that the school will be closed for pupils while staff plan and prepare for long term closure. This has been a very difficult decision that has been made with all things considered and with much advice sought.
We anticipate that school will reopen again on Monday 23rd March.
Can I thank each and every one of you for the kind words of support and the many prayers that have been said for our school at this difficult time. The well-being and the education of our pupils remain central to all of our plans and decisions going forward. I urge you all to follow the Public Health Agency advice strictly at this time in the interests of protecting the most vulnerable in our society.
Mr A Davidson