Last night the government issued new guidelines around Staying at Home and away from Others.
The new measures include:
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces.
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Therefore all children who have a parent working from home, or a parent who is not
working should stay at home to minimize the spread of the virus.
The children of critical workers (this has now changed from key worker) can still
attend as a last resort.
Work packs can no longer be collected from school.
If you are eligible for Free School Meals and require a packed lunch provided by the school, these will be available for collection from the main reception. Please notify the school office before 9:30am as to how many and when you will require them.
Please help us to keep staff and pupils safe by following these guidelines.
Please stay safe everyone and help us to stop the spread of this virus.
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday 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 staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. Please contact school by telephone 0191 4562150 or email [email protected] giving your child’s name and class if you think your child will be attending school from Monday. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
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’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by ‘Marvellous Me’ and the school website.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
You should have received a pack of work (if not it is available to collect in school)
Staff will be in regular contact via ‘Marvellous Me’ and please check the school website regularly.
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.
What we won’t be able to go ahead with
After school clubs
Any SATs or other planned assessments
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’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the school office, [email protected]
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
Well done to our Key Stage 1 School Council members who won the regional prize after writing a group poem on the theme of Diversity. Their poem was entitled ‘Perfectly No One’.
Click on the link to read their winning poem and find out more about the competition.