PARENT UPDATE - CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSURE
UPDATE AND ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Thursday 19th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services such as supermarket delivery drivers) and children with certain needs. If they have no alternative care available from other members of the household. This will be an emergency provision for those with no alternative child care while on shift – not formal education and as such the timing of the day may have to change as we deal with staff shortages ourselves.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories by calling the school office. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to and let you know what to do next in terms of sharing your employment information with us, so that we can cater for your needs at this time.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school.
We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by the school website and message to your phone.
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
Packs have been prepared by class teachers for all children in class.
Teachers will monitor reading and allocate more books on bug club.
If this continues after Easter we will update the website with more links and prepare packs. We will stay in touch and keep you updated as we find out more.
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.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with us 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.
Everybody’s safety is our priority and as such we have postponed and cancelled events. The aim of the school will be to squeeze any missed events in to the summer term so that children do not miss out and then we hopefully can have parent audiences again. I know that some children in year 6 are concerned this is the end of St James for them – do not worry we will make sure we celebrate together when this virus is under control.
And 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, and we will be in touch with more information when we can. Please stay safe and well.