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Letter regarding school closure

Dear Parent / Carer

I’m sure that you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday 18 March about general school closures but continuing provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. I’m writing to give you an update on our plans for this, following advice from the Local Authority and now further direction from the government issued early this morning.

School will close at the end of Friday 20 March and there is no expectation that pupils will then attend school until the advice from Government changes. We will remain in contact with you via parent mail and text with any updates or if we must suspend this emergency provision due to staff shortages.

Emergency Service

While our school will be closed for general admissions, all schools across the country are being asked to run an emergency service for the children of key workers in essential services so that they are able to continue to work.

  • Health care Staff
  • Social Care Staff
  • Education Staff
  • Military Personnel
  • Emergency Services
  • Council workers needed for essential work
  • Drivers delivering essential goods

There is no expectation that children of these key workers must attend school. Indeed, the government advice is where possible pupils are to remain safe at home and adhere to social isolation. If you fall into this group and wish to make other arrangements, then I strongly advise you to do so, as I have with my own children.

The Government is also asking that we continue to provide education and support for children who have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), children who have a social worker assigned to the family, those from families receiving Early Help and children receiving support from the Primary Behaviour Service.

Again, there is no requirement that children in these groups must come to school, but they will be supported by our team should parents or carers choose this option.

Today we will contact the parents of those pupils we are required to support. Details of our provision on offer will also be given. Staff are being asked to work in small teams on a rota basis in order to ensure this provision can continue for as long as possible.

Home to School Transport

The County Council will continue to make home to school transport available to those children that are eligible to receive it. In some instances that might require some changes to be made which may take a little time. We expect further information from the Local Authority if this is the case and will provide further information as soon as we have it.

Online materials and learning

For those children who will be at home from Monday morning, there will be online resources available to support children to continue to learn, our team has worked quickly to ensure materials are in place and available through our website www.manorfieldinfant.co.uk. In addition, the BBC has said that it will be increasing its range of resources to support children’s education.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that I will continue to update you as the situation changes and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the children at our school who are and always will remain my primary concern.

Please all stay safe and well. We hope this will not be a long term situation, and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Susie Pietrzak

Head Teacher

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