School closure – Friday 20th March 2020
The Secretary of State for Education, together with the Prime Minister, has outlined the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus.
The school will close to almost all pupils on Friday 20th March.
On Monday 23rd March, the school will re-open to pupils of ‘key workers’ and those children who are most vulnerable only.
Please find attached the government’s definition of ‘key workers’. We will make contact with parents of vulnerable children.
Parents on this list should follow the first principle of keeping their children at home if at all possible, from Monday onwards, and only send them to school if there is no safe alternative.
What we will need
- We will need to maintain a register of who is on site each day. Therefore, we will need you to inform us of your intention to send your child or children into school.
- We will need to know when your child should be expected in school and at what times.
- We will need to keep an accurate record of students attending school and the reasons for it.
- Those not eligible will continue with their education at home through a system of remote learning.
- Other children will not be admitted.
- All students attending school must wear their full school uniform.
The local authority will provide transport as normal on Monday, but will then review this based on the number of children attending school.
The school kitchen will be open to offer food to students and staff.
We appreciate that these actions are severe. This is the policy adopted by the Government and we are duty bound to follow it. These steps will mean there will of course be far fewer children in schools and that will help us to slow the spread of the disease.
These measures are crucial to make sure the critical parts of the economy keep functioning and public services keep functioning.
Wishing you and your families well during this very difficult period.