COVID-19 Information regarding school closures

Dear Parents / Carers,

As you will be aware,all schools in England are closing their doors today for the foreseeable future in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Government produced additional guidance for schools last night stating:

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. This is why the Government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

The fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

Childcare will only be offered at school when parents are eligible frontline key workers and are at work. It will be offered to children whose parents are:

Critical to the COVID-19 response, and when no other alternative childcare is available to the family and they “cannot be safely cared for at home.”

Vulnerable children including children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans and those on child protection plans. Government guidance states,“

Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child that can be safely cared for at home, should be.” Therefore, attending school at the current time is not compulsory: all absences will be authorised.

Thank you to those parents who have responded to the online form regarding their eligibility as a key-worker. We have checked your responses and are issuing separate letters by email this afternoon to parents of vulnerable children and key worker children. If you have not received a letter explaining the provision for your child then please keep them safe at home. If you believe you are a key worker and have not yet received your notification letter please contact the school office immediately.

Home Learning packs have been sent out today with the children and will be posted to any children not in school today. We will send out further home learning arrangements next term. Please keep an eye on our school Facebook and website for more ideas and information over the coming weeks.

Dinner Money. After Easter we will review all school dinner moneys and sort any debits or credits then when we have a clearer picture of what is happening next.

Please remember to ensure you exercise social distancing for your family and keep washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds as per the guidance.

I appreciate the unease and anxiety that families may be feeling at this difficult time. We will be operating a skeleton staff in school and try to answer emails and phone calls whenever we can. We will be trying to contact all our pupils by phone or post over the coming weeks as connection and keeping in touch is a vital part of human nature.

Take care, keep safe.

R. Walthall

Headteacher

Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.