ESSENTIAL and IMPORTANT - Letter To All Parents School Closure - Thursday 19th March 2020

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19th March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

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.

Key Worker Families only ie Parents for example Nurses – Can attend school

The Key Workers include those parents who work in professions that fall within the DfE guidelines of Key Workers. This information will be released very soon.

We will email a Key Worker registration form to all parents tomorrow morning.

Key worker families will need to provide evidence of their occupation when they drop off their children.

We ask that all Key Workers register by Friday 20th March by 3.00pm to establish how many children will be coming to school. This also includes children in our Nursery.

From Monday, the school will be open from 8.30am to 3.00pm for children of Key Workers.

We will aim to keep the school open over the Easter Holidays for front line staff on the NHS and for staff working in the Emergency services.

Children of Key Workers should report to the main hall between 8.30am-9.00am on Monday 23rd March where we will give further arrangements regarding our plans for the next 4 weeks. Please note that if you, your family or your child are self-isolating we will contact you by phone on Monday afternoon to discuss the arrangements.

Children who are eligible for free school meals will receive a free packed lunch and all other children should bring in a packed lunch.

EHCP children and Vulnerable Children only – Can attend school

We have contacted all parents today by telephone with particular needs eg. Educational Health Care Plans to ensure we are supporting them and offering them continuity of education.

These families should report to the main hall between 8.30am-9.00am on Monday 23rd March where we will give further arrangements regarding our plans for the next 2 weeks. Please note that if you, your family or your child are self-isolating we will contact you by phone on Monday afternoon to discuss the arrangements.

Children who are eligible for free school meals will receive a free packed lunch and all other children should bring in a packed lunch.

All other children – CANNOT attend school

This is the majority of our children who will not be able to attend school.

Therefore, your child 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 will continue to keep you updated via text, email and the website with new information until the school eventually re-opens. We will give further updates on the 3rd April 2020 and at the end of the Easter holidays.

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home – Homework and study packs for children who cannot attend.

Your child’s learning is, of course, important to us so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.

By the evening of Monday 23rd March, online resources, practical home learning suggestions and online education packs of work for each year group willl be found on our website:

/2211/monday-16th-march-update-stay-at-home-work-packs-for-children

We will continue to update the resources on our website on a weekly basis and provide new materials to ensure your child can continue to learn at home.

Information about Free School Meals

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. More information will be given to parents on Friday 19th March 2020.

What we won’t be able to go ahead with:

  • School trips - including the Year 4 Ufton trips (We will be in contact to discuss refunds)
  • Breakfast or after-school clubs
  • Events
  • Internal and external tests
  • Parent Events

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with this matter, 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.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so on 01753 521215 or enquiries@claycots.com

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online and please remember the current Public Health guidance on self-isolation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Yours faithfully

 

Mr  Andrew Griffin

Executive Headteacher