18th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Coronavirus – partial school closure
Thank you for those who have been in touch with the school over the last few, fast moving days. We have been monitoring the situation closely and keeping our advice updated on the school website. However, in light of the recent official advice from the government, and the reality of staffing the school, we have had to make some decisions to ensure that schools are safe, orderly places where children can learn well.
The government has announced the following guidance:
If you live on your own and develop symptoms of a cough or high temperature, self isolate for 7 days
If you live with someone who has developed the above symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days
If you have an underlying health issue or are pregnant you should minimise social contact and seek medical advice.
This has had a significant effect on the number of staff that will be able to attend school for at least the next 14 days and potentially longer. The government have not directed schools to close and we are therefore trying our best to remain open for the majority.
We have been striving to keep the school open as long as possible, for as much of the school population as we can, but, following consultation with Bright Futures Educational Trust, we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that a partial closure will be necessary. Thus from today, Nursery and Reception will be asked to stay at home. Teachers are preparing packs of learning for your children and will direct you to online resources for children to work on. The rest of the school should, therefore, attend as normal. These arrangements will be reviewed daily, and if it is necessary to alter them, we will give you as much notice as we are able to.
Staff who are able to attend school will do their best to track the completion of children’s work. Further details on this will be provided as we update our on line resources. Staff will be observing normal school hours at this time. Please encourage your child to make every effort with their learning, whether at home or at school. The more of a routine that can be established, the less unsettling the current situation is for all.
Educational visits and visitors:
We have also decided to cancel class trips for at least the rest of this term. This is in line with government advice to stop non-essential travel. We believe this is in the best interests of the pupils and staff, and we shall update you after Easter.
Non-essential visitors to the school:
We are stopping all non-essential visitors and meetings at school. This includes our much valued community and parent volunteers and mentors. Clubs will also be cancelled.
Free School Meals
We know that some families rely upon school meals and so are developing ways that we can support individual families. We will communicate our plans with you.
This is a challenging and stressful time for all, and we are very aware of the impact that partially closing the school has on families, so please be assured, this is not a decision that we have taken lightly.
We will continue to maintain communication with our school community via text, the school website and social media.
If there have been any recent alterations to your contact details, please contact the school office.
Thank you for your continued support.