Covid-19 (Coronavirus) – School Closure
Yesterday, the government announced that they expect all schools across the UK to close to most pupils at the end of this week until further notice. Our last day at school will be Friday 20th March.
We will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, and others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what ‘key workers’ means. A text message has been sent to parents with a link to a short survey, which you should complete if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. We will then contact everyone who needs this support.
We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is via our website, Twitter, and texts home to parents.
Learning at Home
Your child’s learning is vitally important to us, and we’ll continue to help them keep their learning going.
We are putting together a programme of study that will be delivered through Google Classroom for all students while they are working from home. We are working to make sure this is available, for all year groups, by Monday 23 March. Much is already in place and has been accessed by students learning from home today. Please check our curriculum for links to useful websites.
- Google Classroom is our primary link for students to access learning material. Students should do all they can to follow their normal timetable. Staff will make sure there are resources available prior to each lesson, and, if possible, the day before. A tutorial on how to use Google Classroom can be found here.
- If your child needs further support/information from a teacher, please email or message the teacher once. The member of staff will reply as soon as they can. Whilst staff may choose to reply outside work hours, please do not expect them to.
- If you do not have internet access at home and are unable to access work through Google Classroom, please contact the school and we will make alternative arrangements for you.
Please be patient as we work as quickly as possible to make sure we can keep our students’ learning going. We are in a unique and rapidly changing situation.
Free School Meals
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.
Need anything else?
I have no doubt that as our staff begin to adapt to supporting your child remotely, we’ll be sending out more updates via Google Classroom, our website and also through texts to parents. I 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please 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. We will be in touch with more information when we can.