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Dear Parents and Carers,

The Governing Body held a meeting tonight at 6.00 pm to discuss the current situation relating to the opening of school from Tuesday 5th January.

All staff in school have worked incredibly hard to ensure a rigorous approach to keeping school as safe as we possibly could and for the vast part of the autumn term we had minimal disruption to children’s education. As you are all aware, this situation did change within the last two weeks of term, even though all measures within our risk assessment remained strongly in place across school. Over the last two weeks of term, there were cases of Covid-19 in school which meant that we needed to move to home learning during periods of isolation for most classes. A significant number of staff tested positive for Covid-19, most of whom are well and ready to return to teaching this week. In a small school, where despite everyone’s excellent efforts to isolate and keep ourselves, and so the community safe, we are concerned that coming back on Tuesday 5th January will be too soon to prevent a cycle of infection and isolation.

Additionally, there has been a rapid change of situation across the country, which has again changed even within the last two weeks, resulting in County Durham, like many counties, being placed in Tier 4. A great deal of pressure is currently being placed on the Government to keep all schools within Tier 4 counties closed for the first two weeks of term to allow rates of transmission to drop. Durham County Council have also made a statement indicating that they believe the Government should make the move to remote learning for all pupils (excluding vulnerable children and those of key workers) and a return to school on 18th January.

As a result, the Governing Body have taken the difficult decision to close school to most children from Tuesday 5th to Friday 15th January and so move to online learning in order to keep as many families and the whole community as safe as possible.  School will be open to children of key workers and vulnerable children.

I am sure that you can appreciate this has been decided with heavy hearts as we all want every child to be in school every day. We have taken this decision based on the current situation of our school community and through taking current advice from scientists and teaching unions. At all times, our focus needs to be on the health and safety of our children, their families and the wider community, which is the most important thing.

Information will be sent out tomorrow about arrangements for key worker and vulnerable children as well as for remote learning and the collection of free school packed meals.

Thank you for your support and patience at this very difficult time. It is very much appreciated.

Please keep safe.

The Governing Body of Laurel Avenue Community Primary School


Important letter about reporting symptoms during the Christmas Holidays:

If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19 during the school holidays it is very important that you provide information about who they have had contact with, both in school and out of school, with the NHS Test and Trace Service.

Your child should not return to  school following the holidays if they develop symptoms or are in the self-isolation period.

Find out more at

Please remember that children are to maintain social distancing when travelling to and from the school site.

Please be aware that school's email address - will be monitored out of hours as well as during the school day by Ms Davison, so please use this address if you need to communicate with school.


Click for letter to parents/carers about coronavirus (Covid-19) Testing


NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over.

Click for information about the NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 app

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline opening hours

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline remains available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Please listen carefully to the available options and select the most appropriate to your nursery, school, or college’s current situation.

Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm

Please remember that you should not attempt to book a test if your child does not present with COVID-19 symptoms.



Up to date information from Durham County Council can be found by clicking this link:

coronavirus advice and information

letter about drop off and collection time from public health

Hands, Face, Space campaign

A new public information campaign has been launched ahead of winter to highlight how everyone can help to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The 'Hands, Face, Space Campaign urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak.

hands Face Space video

newsletter september 2020

Please find the Guide for Parents and Carers' for school and nursery opening on September 2020.

guide for september 2020

Please read carefully in full. If you have any questions, email 

Other important documents:

working and living safely

attendance policy information for parents and carers leaflet

attendance policy 2020 - 2021

whole school risk assessment for september 2020

special amendments to the behaviour policy during covid-19

parent and carers guide - getting to and from school



Click here for the July's latest newsletter, in case you did not see it.

july 2020 newletter