20 March 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
Re: Coronavirus Update – School Closure
I am now writing to let you know that we have been instructed to close the school to all children after Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.
We are making provision for children of ‘key workers’ and those children defined as ‘vulnerable’. Although we currently have a number of students who have an EHCP application progressing, none currently have an EHCP outcome. Advice is to self-isolate for all. Where that is not safe, we will be offering provision to the named groups.
All children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards, unless otherwise advised.
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 re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by:
- Posting on the school’s website
- Every parent / carer will be contacted using ‘Dojo’
- Any parent not using Dojo will be contacted by phone or text
- Every parent / carer will be sent a text message via ‘Teachers 2 Parents’
The school will contact you when we are planning to re-open to pupils, including using the school’s website. Please check the school’s website regularly for updates.
What we will continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we will continue to help your child to learn.
School will be supporting you in two ways:
- Sending you learning resources for your child that you can use, during the time school is closed
- Visit the school’s website for a wealth of online learning resources
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 is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please do not hesitate to do so via:
Talk to your children about the Coronavirus. It is a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and ‘Young Minds’ has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.