School Closure Information
19th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus Update – School Closure to Most Pupils
We are writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children from home-time this Friday until further notice. As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, delivery drivers, teachers and social workers) and children with Educational Health Care Plans and families supported by a social worker. If you fall into this category please contact the main school office by lunchtime tomorrow. Our current understanding from the Government is that both parents need to be key workers. We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories so that we can begin to put a plan in place for next week.
For the children who are eligible to be in school on Monday, they will need to enter and leave from main Reception. All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by text, email and information on the website. Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn. We have a number of online learning resources on our school website. If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced. We won’t be able to go ahead with school trips, events, after school clubs, Phonics Screening for Year 1, KS1 SATs, Year 4 Tables Check. This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation.
We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via our office email; email@example.com. Remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online. Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can. Please take care of yourselves and your family.
Miss Brand & Mrs Sharma