Thursday 19 March 2020,
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will already know, 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 to provide child care 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 and exactly whom this applies to. We will let you know shortly, as to how to let us know, if you believe your child falls into one of these categories.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards unless you have received notification from us.
Please note that this is a national closure – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is.
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we will continue to help your child to learn. Teachers have been and continue to be very busy organising ‘Home Learning’ for your children.
Please use the website links that are posted on our website for you to use at home with your children.
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.
As you can imagine the office staff are under enormous pressure trying to answer as many questions as they can.
We will undoubtedly get a lot more information from the Local Authority today and in the meantime are very busy planning how our partial opening and home learning offer will operate.
We ask that you trust that we are doing our best under very difficult circumstances and that as ever, we have children at the centre of all of our decision-making.
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.