On Thursday 7th January 2021 I was delighted to welcome all of my staff back to IES Östersund for the first of two staff training days. Whilst the Fritids staff have continued to care for many of our children over the Christmas holiday period, for the rest of the staff, this was their first time back to school after a two and a half week break. It was really good to see everyone again and to see that we were all healthy and feeling excited to be back. During Thursday and Friday we did some work to re-focus on our school goals, to receive first aid training and to prepare for lessons to re-start on Monday 11th January.
At the moment we are all concerned about the worsening news about Covid-19 and the safety of our students and staff is my primary concern. I am in regular communication with IES Headquarters, health officials, union representatives and colleagues. I and my team are constantly reviewing our procedures to make sure that we are making well-informed decisions. As of writing this (January 8th 2021) the decision is that school will re-open for all students on Monday 11th January and we expect all students to be at school for their mentor time which begins at 08:15. We will continue to keep parents and carers updated via SchoolSoft and our social media platforms.