School Closure Letter
Thursday 19th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after 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, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.
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 by contacting the school office. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.
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.
At this stage we don't know how long this closure will be for but we are working on the assumption that it is likely to be for some time, and we are planning for the eventuality that it may last throughout the summer term. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by posting on our website, social media and if possible text service.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
- We will be sending home home learning packs with reading books, maths and grammar work, spellings, family project ideas and paper for children to complete work on.
- We will be updating the Twinkl go account weekly and posting the new codes on the blog which will also be updated weekly.
- Miss Akers will be phoning families every couple of days to check on well-being and a friendly check in.
Class teachers will phone the children in their class once a week to say Hi and check how they are getting on with the work and if they have any questions. There will be specific days for these phone calls. Monday- Yrs 5&6, Tuesday- Yrs3&4, Wednesday-Yrs1&2, Thursday-EYFS.
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.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with 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. These are unprecedented and challenging times but we are committed to your child's education through our remote learning programmes and through caring for those who will continue to attend school.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the school email address.
And 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.