Thank you so much for your support and understanding this week. Currently, we expect that our Ashdale site will reopen on Monday 21st September. If any further positive test results come back over the weekend, we will update you accordingly; but we expect to welcome children back on Monday.
We are struggling, as many other schools are, with maintaining staffing levels. This is due to staff and pupils with symptoms of COVID-19 having great difficulty getting tested, and further delays in test results coming back. We are doing all we can to maintain all our 'bubbles' in school, but if we do not have enough staff to maintain safety, 'bubbles' may need to close for as short a period of time as possible until sufficient staffing levels can return to school. We will try to avoid this, but unless the situation improves significantly, it may be inevitable until 'test, track and trace' is much more effective.
Once again, can I ask that any child who is unwell stays at home until they are well - we are not able to look after poorly children in school. We must do all we can to keep everyone as safe and well as possible at this very difficult time. Thank you for helping to keep The Dales School a safe place for everyone.
Thank you for your continued support - if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and we'll do our best to help.
Very best wishes,
The Dales is a specialist primary school with two sites: Blythdale in Blyth and Ashdale in Ashington. We provide for children with a variety of additional needs which may not otherwise be met in a mainstream setting. We cultivate a safe and caring environment where children can thrive and have the opportunity to meet their full potential. Our staff team of highly skilled practitioners work with children in small groups with a high ratio of adults to children and use bespoke interventions and strategies to ensure that learning is both accessible and meaningful.
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