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Arvalee School Resource Centre, Omagh

School Closed for half term

20th Oct 2021

20th October 2021
Dear Parent/carer

It has been great to get going this term and, as I said in my open letter on the Website, we had hoped that things
would have settled down this term to ensure that the pupils and staff could settle into a normal school day.

This half term, the school staff and pupils have been impacted by sickness, bereavements and Covid-19 related issues which has meant that each day all the staff available have worked tirelessly to try and ensure that the school can open for your child.

Today I had a lengthy discussion with the Chair of Governors and the Education Authority and we considered all the issues that are impacting the school on the run up to the half term break. This took into account the health and safety impact of the ongoing staffing pressures that the school is experiencing due to Covid-19 issues and other absences.

After looking at all other options the school has been advised to close to provide a buffer of 10 days prior to opening on Monday 1st November.

This decision was not taken lightly and it is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that the School will close on Thursday 21st October and Friday 22nd October. The School holidays will commence on Monday 25th October and we will open again on Monday 1st November.

Moving forward we will continue to strive to stay open and it is our hope that this break will support us to open for all pupils in the next half of the Term. It is so difficult to know or guess what the future will bring but I remain optimistic that the school will move past this point and I pray that there will be a settled period to take us up to Christmas.

Thank you as always for your understanding.