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Coronavirus School Closure Information

On your right you will find useful information and links to help during this period of closure (if viewing on a smaller screen, e.g. a phone, the links will be at the foot of the page).  

Dear Families,

Just an update on school and our extended opening.

As you will be aware, a few weeks ago we asked all of you if you wanted your son or daughter to come back to school. Many of you wanted more information so we contacted you again if this was the case and this helped you to decide if you wanted a place or not. 

As a school, we had decided that we would offer provision as far as possible to every family who had said they wanted it. We then planned to make this available within the guidelines given by the government, ensuring we are keeping the pupils and staff as safe as possible. Our 'bubbles' of pupils are small as we know that social distancing is difficult for many pupils. We also changed our Key Worker provision to make two bubbles as this group of children had grown in numbers. This was a complex task as we needed to get the staffing right for each bubble to ensure the children are having their needs met. However we were able to give a place to all pupils whose parents said they wanted it. 

We are now in our second week of this provision and so far, it seems to be going well. This is because we are following the rules.

I am aware that many of you would now like your child to return but I'm afraid this isn't as easy as it seems as we need to keep our 'bubbles' secure. We are keeping this under review and look to new announcements from the government to see if this changes. We are also working with the local authority to see if the regulations change to allow us to change and have more children back. I know this isn't what many of you want to hear and it's not what I want to say as it is not in our nature to say no to our own pupils and families. 

I know many of you are also asking about September and again, I don't know for sure what we will be able to put in place. Mr Johnson has indicated that he wants all children back in September. This is what we all want as long as it is safe and we are organising a plan A and a plan B. I will keep you informed as soon as I know.

In the meantime, please get in touch if you need some more support and we will do what we can to help. We are still here to support as  much as we can.

Kind regards

Janis

Key Workers

Dear Families,

We now have information about who are considered to be key workers and so are now in a position to begin planning to support these families if we can. This information only became available very late yesterday.

We must not forget that the reason we closed was around keeping our children safe with regards to medical conditions and in line with Public Health England’s guidance. This aim has to remain a priority and the government has said “ Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.” However, we fully understand and want to support the children of key workers whilst keeping everyone safe.

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