Dear Parents and Carers,

This morning we were notified that a child in our Nursery School bubble had tested positive for COVID. As is the case in early years, many staff and children were in very close contact with this child.

Because of this I an incredibly frustrated to inform you that our Nursery School bubble (3-4yr olds) will now have to fully close for 10 days, allowing staff and children time to self-isolate.

This means that Nursery School will now reopen to ALL on Monday March 8th.

Only yesterday was I discussing with the staff team how well St Pauls had managed to avoid bubble closures and I was complimenting the team for their rigorous health and safety procedures and for the fact that we always learn outside now – whatever the weather!

I think it was an inevitability though, that we would be affected again at some point!

I’m sure this will come as real blow for many of you, who have been looking forward to returning to a bit of normality from next week. We have all been preparing to welcome you at this end – so staff are also really disappointed.

For those of you who have been accessing the nursery school bubble, please ensure your child self-isolates as set out in the guidelines.

As we reopen, please keep a keen eye on your child, it’s really important that you keep them home and get them tested even if they just seem a little bit off colour.

We have more transmissible variants of the virus in Bristol, and despite numbers of Covid cases dropping significantly in our area, nationally we are seeing data that indicates that there are more children in the Early years who are testing positive.

I am so sorry to be constantly sharing frustrating news with you. I do think there is light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is here, many of us are being vaccinated…and we are getting loads of compost at nursery so we can go gardening mad!!!

Please take care and keep safe.

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