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School Letter: 9th November

Dear Parent(s) / Person(s) with Parental Responsibility,      

I am writing to update you regarding the issue of False Widow Spiders that has been affecting Newham recently and let you know more about how this has affected Sarah Bonnell School and how we have responded.

The safety and well-being of students, staff and visitors to the school is of the highest importance and throughout this period I have taken every precaution to respond quickly to any issues or concerns that have been reported to me.

Students and staff are doing a great job of keeping both vigilant and calm about this issue. When individual issues have been reported, or there have been worries or concerns shared about the presence or effect of spiders, these have been taken seriously and followed-up using the guidance from Public Health England and the London Borough of Newham.

In addition, Sarah Bonnell commissioned site surveys by the authorised Pest Control team and their expert advice has been followed throughout every stage of treatment of the school site. This involved spraying and fogging the exterior and interior areas of the school with an approved pesticide. School buildings and outdoor areas have been safe to use within four hours of any of these pesticide treatments. The contract we now have with the Pest Control team includes regular monitoring of the school site to check for presence of these spiders or their nests.

Sarah Bonnell School does not have a False Widow Spider infestation, unlike other local schools that were forced to close, but I will continue to monitor the situation and act in the best interests of the school community should this situation change.

I hope this letter reassures you that any evidence of False Widow Spiders has been treated seriously.

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with everything that is going on at school through the Sarah Bonnell website http://www.sarahbonnellonline.co.uk/.

Yours faithfully,

Rae Potter

Headteacher