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 (and children with certain needs. As of 5.45pm, we are still waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means. When we know, we will be asking parents to notify us if this applies to them. We’ll also be in touch again when 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. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by sending you text messages, emails and app notifications.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Whilst the school is closed during term time, teachers will be working from home to prepare daily work for your child. All the children have been given Home Learning packs today with instructions about how to access their learning online. They have practised using Google Classroom at school, but they may need support and supervision especially at the start of each day. Class Dojo will be used for Reception and Nursery. Parents can continue to send teachers messages via Class Dojo and Children can send messages to teachers on Google Classroom.
Classwork will be set each day 9am and should be completed by 3pm so that teachers can respond to it.
All children must complete their daily tasks so that they don’t fall behind on their learning.
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 will be announcing.
What we won’t be able to go ahead with:
EYFS profiles, Phonics screening check, Y4 times tables checks, KS1 SATS and KS2 SATS
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with this as we deal with an 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 the school office email addresses. School staff will be coming to work as usual, aside from those who are self-isolating or shielding due to underlying health conditions.
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.