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School partial closure/coronavirus/COVID-19 update

This is the latest school partial closure/coronavirus/COVID-19 update,

issued by Mr Rhodes at 10.45pm on Thursday 19th March 2020:

Please note the following changes to school operations, going forward:

  • School closes to normal operations at 3.30pm on Friday 20th March 2020 - no re-opening date is available at this time;
  • During the partial closure, the full National Curriculum will not be delivered to any remaining pupils in school: our provision will be about care, not education. It will be about keeping children safe and allowing key workers (such as NHS staff) to go to work and care for the sick, or to keep food supply chains moving. All expectations regarding educational provision have been lifted by the Government and we will deliver what we feel is best for the remaining pupils we are supporting;
  • From Monday 23rd March 2020, we are open solely for the children of key workers and for those who are considered vulnerable (children who have been assigned a social worker or are subject to Health & Care Plans) - any other children attempting entry to the school will be sent home;
  • Parents/carers who consider themselves to be key workers are asked to respond to our consultation, see below;
  • Those children who come into school are expected to wear full school uniform and must bring in their PE kits every day;
  • For these children only, they will be able to enter the school grounds via the Westborough Road pedestrian gates only from 8.30am and must be collected at 3.30pm - children must not arrive at school before 8.30am;
  • The existing class structure will be re-organised into two groups: Lower School (Years 3 & 4) and Upper School (Years 5 & 6);
  • Teachers of existing classes will be providing printed work-packs, for home completion, on Friday 20th March.  Aside from the children who will remain in school, these packs are not to be returned to school (due to the risk of contamination) and should be marked/assessed by parents/carers;
  • During week commencing 23rd March 2020, your child's current class teacher will begin communicating with your child, providing lesson material, via Class Dojo.  Children access the system via a QR code and parents have been invited to follow the pupil/teacher interaction via their own login. Initially, only one parent will have access but, as time and resources allow, this will be extended to both parents, where relevant;
  • Pupils are expected to access our online systems, including Class Dojo, every working day and to undertake the tasks they are given - teaching teams will endeavour to provide a degree of feedback via Class Dojo. Pupils must also read daily (for considerably more than 15 minutes!) and should be encouraged to get exercise, but in a prudent manner, avoiding congregations of people to minimise the risk of contamination - we strongly recommend that parents and carers do not leave children to play unsupervised outside for extensive periods due to the risk of infection from others;
  • The playground pedestrian gate (on Wentworth Crescent) closes on Friday 20th March and will not open again until the school is fully re-opened, whenever that may be;
  • Until further notice, there will be no Breakfast Club or any other club or after-school provision;
  • Not all staff will be in school - several will be working from home, self-isolating as a precautionary measure due to underlying health conditions.  This includes Mr Rhodes, who will lead the school remotely for the next 12 weeks.  In his absence, Mr Mckrell will be the most senior leader on site;
  • Once we close, the Year 5/6 block will be sealed and cleaned with access strictly restricted: entry will not be permitted to retrieve belongings from it and children will be told to take everything home on Friday 20th March;
  • There are likely to be fewer colleagues working in the school office and you are asked to be patient and tolerant when trying to resolve any issues: unless urgent, when you can try calling the school landline, it is suggested that communications are emailed to the School Office only ( and not to the personal accounts of colleagues - colleagues may be unable to respond due to how future circumstances and personal health develop: using the school email ensures the greatest chance of a response and
  • The progress of the pandemic is a fast-moving situation: check our website and Twitter feed regularly for updates.

Thank you for you co-operation and understanding.  Until we all meet again, keep safe and healthy.

LOVING ALL OUR NEIGHBOURS - John 15: 12 'This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.'