As I have mentioned before, I am getting a lot of my news from the BBC.
Having received a letter from the Department of Education yesterday, eventually confirming that school would re-open for 2 weeks for Nursery, P1, P2 and P3 on 8th March – the following article is on the BBC News website today…..
As you can see, there are a couple of interesting points made, chiefly:
The executive is also likely to discuss the planned return of schools, after the DUP said it wanted to "revisit" agreement on a phased approach.
Education Minister Peter Weir has said there was a "strong case" for all pupils to return on 8 March, adding that he believed health officials at Stormont were "over-cautious" in recommending a phased return.
So, for me as well as you, the whole picture is still unclear. My best GUESS is that we will have school only re-opened for 2 weeks for Nursery, P1, P2 and P3 on 8th March for 2 weeks – with a return to remote learning for everyone for the final week of March prior to the 2 week Easter break.
I am very conscious that it is pretty pathetic to be giving you my best guess of what will happen on 8th March with just over 1 week to go – but I do this in order to be as helpful as I can in these frustrating times.
Please stay safe and I will try to get you definite information on Tuesday 2nd March when we hear what the Executive announce on Monday.
You will be aware that we issued a short message on Thursday evening last, following the announcement on schools reopening for P1-3 via the media. I had promised to update you in the early part of this current week – but only an hour ago, the same media outlet has released the following:
Arlene Foster wants the NI Executive to discuss the re-opening date for schools in Northern Ireland again. The first minister was speaking after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his roadmap ...
Therefore, until we have some clarity from the Department of Education (DE), it is pointless to speculate regarding what might or might not happen. I am sure you find this equally frustrating as ourselves, but we will be back in touch as soon as I have something official from DE.
In the meantime, keep up the good work on Seesaw. Lots of excellent responses coming in.
I’ll chat to all the pupils on Friday at virtual Assembly.
Just a reminder that school is closed on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Monday 22nd February. There will be no online learning. Have a happy and safe Half Term and we will return to online learning on Tuesday 23rd.