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Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

You will by now be aware that we have been instructed by the government to close the school from the end of the day tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2020.

The detail of the announcement has yet to be released however the government said the closure will be for all children except those of key workers and children who are most vulnerable. Vulnerable children are those who have social workers and those who have EHCP plans.

The government has asked that schools partially open for key workers, but at the time of writing they haven’t fully defined who key workers are.  Although the government want us to provide this support to key workers, it isn’t insisting that key workers actually make use of the service and they may have alternative provision in place for their children.

For those children with an EHCP plan who are deemed vulnerable, school will contact parents to discuss their child’s needs and the parents’ support needs with the children. This could include some respite days each week being offered if key support workers are available.

Our main role today is to evaluate how we offer this service to eligible families, and we will need your input now in order to ensure we know how to function.  It would help us if you could let us know if you work in the NHS, the emergency services, are a first responder or social worker. Please contact school today either by email or telephone, informing us of your job title and the name or contact details of your line manager for verification of your role. This will support us further in our planning. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to. The LA advice is that it should only be those parents who have to be in work and have no other suitable carers for their children.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Whilst the school is closed, our duty and responsibility to safeguarding our pupils remains. Our regular check ins with families needing a bit of extra help and support will continue throughout the period of school closure, just as if the school was open. Please do not feel offended if a member of school staff calls to check in with you, and to speak to your child. If you have any safeguarding concerns whilst the school is closed, for your child or for any other pupil from the school, please contact  us via the school e-mail address. The school e-mail will be checked on a daily basis.

 

If your child usually receives benefits-related free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how this will be provided with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

I would like to assure you that our school staff have been planning for this event and will communicate exactly what will happen in our school once we have received detailed information from the Government about their announcement.

Suggestions for work for children to complete will be placed on the Class Pages of the school website on a weekly basis and an exercise book and pencil for children to complete topic work and investigations in, are being provided.

Our staff in KS1 and KS2 (excluding Year 4 due to staff absence) had completed a Mid-Year Progress report for pupils. This is being sent home along with log-in information for our web-based learning options.

We will let you know further information about the following, as we receive/plan it:

  • Home learning
  • Provision for pupils on benefits-related Free School Meals
  • Provision for the children of Key Workers

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience 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.

I am extremely proud of the way in which all of our staff, parents and school community have risen to this challenge.

If you need to contact the school for any reason during this period of closure, you can do so by emailing us at ccwalshaw@bury.gov.uk. We will continue to keep you informed during the closure via the school website and update you with any new information about a re-opening date.

Remember, if you or your child feels ill or shows any symptoms of Coronavirus please self-isolate for 14 days. If symptoms become worse please call the NHS on 111.

Thank you again for your continued support and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

If we all work together we will get through this.

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