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 from 3:05pm on Friday 20th March until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will be putting measures in place to remain open for the children of Key Workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with particular needs. We are awaiting further information from the government on which other occupations are classified as Key Workers, but it would help us in the meantime, please let us know as soon as possible if you think your child may fall into one of these categories and may need to attend school over the coming weeks. You will need to contact the school office, give your child’s name and class and evidence how your child falls into the aforementioned categories.
For the safety and well-being of all of our school community and the wider community, all other children will need to remain at home until further notice, 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 and announcements on the website.
Your child’s learning continues to be of importance to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn throughout this period of school closures.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home:
- Children have been provided with packs of work that they can do at home. These have been prepared by the Class Teachers and are relevant to the National Curriculum, so will support your child’s learning whilst they are unable to attend school. Where possible, these resources are also available under each Year Group’s page on our school website.
- The government announced yesterday that measures will be put in place to support children who usually receive free school meals. We will be in touch with more information, as this is published by the government.
What we won’t be able to go ahead with:
- All school trips and extra-curricular activities are cancelled until further notice.
- Breakfast and after-school clubs will not take place until further notice.
- Statutory assessments will not be taking place throughout the remainder of this academic year. This applies to the end of Key Stage 1 SATS for Year 2 pupils, end of Key Stage 2 SATS for pupils in Year 6, as well as the Year 1 Phonics Check.
Please remember, if you or your child feel ill and you need further advice, please use the NHS 111 online service.
Thank you again for your continued support during this challenging time for us all. We will be in touch with more information as soon as this is available.
Mrs L Hanger