CORONAVIRUS – SUPPORT FOR OUR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Supporting our children, families, staff and community during the coronavirus pandemic

Please follow the following links to access home learning resources and further support and guidance:

Learning from home – resources for children and families

Coronavirus – key information, support and guidance

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to thank you all for your patience, trust and support during this uncertain and challenging time.

I hope that you and your family are in good health and positive spirits and want to reassure you that all of us at school are thinking of you and your children; school is still here to support you in any way we can.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The government has given clear guidance on self-isolationhousehold isolation and social distancing. We have all been informed that the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear; if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That 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.

It is important to underline the guidance shared by the Government; that schools remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a very limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

School will be closed to the majority of pupils from Friday 20th March  and the Government have been clear that this is until further notice. Our teachers have created learning packs and we have provided guidance and resources (both paper copies and online via this website) to support our children and families for what may be an extended period of time away from school.

We believe that it is really important that every family within the community we serve has the opportunity to contact us at any point following on from the closure today at 3:15pm. With this in mind, we will have a member of staff based in our school office to answer telephone calls and provide support and guidance between 8am – 3:30pm every day. To comply with Government guidance around social distancing please telephone where possible rather than coming into school.

We are proud of the relationships we have built with the families that we serve and we would like to maintain contact with you during this challenging time. Please be prepared for us to make contact with you on a routine basis, this contact could be made for a variety of reasons and does not suggest anything about our view of you as a family. Similarly, if you as a family are in any way struggling during the time school is closed whether this is a struggle to purchase food or basic supplies, or any other serious concerns then please always contact us for help. You and your families welfare are our absolute priority.

On behalf of all of the staff and governors of our school I would like to thank you again for the way you have responded during this time and wish you and your family the very best.

 

Yours sincerely

Simon Crawford

Acting Headteacher