Following on from yesterday’s update, we are now writing to you again to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after tomorrow, Friday 20 March, 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, emergency services, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but in the meantime we are asking you to let us know if you think your child may fall into the keyworker category by completing the form attached and returning it to the school office tomorrow (Friday 20 March). In addition to the form, we politely ask that you also provide us with some evidence of your current occupation. Evidence could include a range of things such as a photocopy of a document such as a work contract, a letter from your employer or a photograph of an ID Badge. We are sure that you won’t be offended by this request and will understand that it is important for us to ensure that the correct families remain supported. Please do not send this form or evidence into school with your child. It must be brought into the school office by a responsible adult. Please be aware that due to GDPR regulations, we will not retain any of the evidence you provide, we will simply sign to witness that we have seen it. We will consider all information you provide us with and will be in touch with you to confirm whether or not your child will be eligible to continue to attend school next week. Our decision will be based upon updated government advice, the information you provide and our staffing capacity within school. Unfortunately, on Monday, we will only be able to accommodate pupils whose parents have received confirmation that they are able to attend. We understand that there are some pupils who will fall into the keyworker category who are currently self-isolating with their families. Please get in touch with the school office when your period of self-isolation comes to an end so that a decision can be made regarding your child’s eligibility to re-attend school in the coming weeks. Please do not just turn up at school with your child at the end of your isolation period.
In addition to pupils in keyworker categories, we will also be contacting parents of pupils with certain needs who may also be eligible to continue attending school. We are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education as to which children this applies to but will update you in due course. You may also be aware that there will be an expectation that schools make reasonable attempts to remain open to pupils in eligible groups over the Easter holiday. Again, we are considering the logistics of this request and will inform parents of any decisions made.
In the coming weeks, we continue to ask that you continue to support us to limit the number of people entering the school building by only entering the building to speak to a member of school staff if absolutely necessary. If you are admitted into the main school building, you will be required to wash your hands.
Our IT Manager has finished preparing our home learning website which we hope will be available for pupils to access from Monday 23 March. Our staff have been busy preparing work to be uploaded. As previously mentioned, pupils have now been provided with an exercise book in which to record their work and answers in response to tasks set online. Pupils in Years 2 and 6 also brought home additional Maths and English packs. Paper copies of home learning packs have also been made available to all families who informed us that their child would not have access to any online learning. It is likely that staff in most year groups will provide colour-coded tasks for pupils to access as follows:
- Silver Tasks will be tasks set at a level that most pupils in the year group are able to access
- Gold Tasks will be set for those pupils who would like a bit of extra challenge
- Bronze Tasks will be set for those pupils who are finding the silver tasks a bit too tricky
Whilst working at home, some children may choose to complete tasks from more than one colour group – this is fine! We are sure that you will help your child to select tasks from the most appropriate colour group based upon their individual needs and abilities. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that although work is being provided via the learning website, there will be no expectation from school staff that all work set is completed. We would also like to remind you that if you or your child have any questions about the work set for that particular week or would like some feedback, teachers can be contacted via the email addresses listed on the website.
This is as much as we know at this moment in time and we appreciate your continued patience with us 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 will update you as the situation develops.