20 Apr URGENT – SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware, school leaders were informed by Haringey Council last Friday evening (16 April), that it was necessary to close the school for an initial period of three days (Monday 19th-Wednesday 21st April).
Following further ongoing discussions with the Council since Friday, throughout the weekend and over the past two days, we have to advise you that the school will not now reopen until next Monday morning (26 April).
The decision to close the school was made by the Council as lead, containing dust and residue, was discovered on site following an inspection of works that took place over the Easter break.
The Council, as corporate landlord, had embarked on a much-needed project to upgrade the windows. During the works, historic lead paint on the windows was disturbed. On discovery, the Council has acted on a precautionary basis so as to control potential exposure to paint dust containing lead.
As a consequence, a deep clean of the affected areas was undertaken by environmental specialists Environtec yesterday (Monday 19 April). Follow up testing will be taking place to ensure all the lead containing dust and debris has been removed, before pupils and staff can return to school next Monday (26 April). The length of the closure of the school is necessary, to allow a deep clean of the school and rigorous follow-up testing.
The Council’s director of Public Health has advised that the risk to health from any possible exposure for staff or pupils is low, but we will continue to ensure risks are minimised.
Remote education will continue via Google Classroom and Tapestry for the remainder of this week.
We await Haringey’s communication directly to parents and will forward this on to parents when it is received.
Manjit Dulay & John Coggin