Please see below for the letter that was sent home Friday 20th March 2020, please use the translate button to make this available in another language.
Friday 20th March
Dear Parents and Carers,
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure
I am so sad to say that at the end of today, we will be closing our doors to the majority of our children. You must keep your children at home and follow government advice as follows if we are to play our part in preventing the spread of the corona virus.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed in the government guidance, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision. Please use this link to fill out the key worker form if you have not already called into the school office and done so.
I cannot stress highly enough that even if it is difficult, if your child or children can stay at home, they should stay at home. It is important to remember that the school is open for children of Key Workers and children with EHCPs – if we have a large number of children at school, we are exposing those very Key Workers to increased chances of having to self-isolate and not be able to access their vital role. School is not going to be running as a school, but as a limited service and the children will be in a mixed age group. The National Curriculum will not be taught during this period of time. It is also important to say that depending on staffing and their potential to have to self-isolate, we may even reach a point where school we would have to close our school.
The full guidance can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
There are other categories identified e.g. those with an ECHP and those with social workers and we will be/ have been in contact with those families directly.
Once we know who will be wanting to use the school over the next few weeks, we will be able to plan and send out more information as to how we intend to proceed.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via our school office and email.
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online and the Public Health England website.
Finally, thank you for your support as parents and for the support from the amazing staff we have at Churchfield – it really does make a difficult situation much more manageable. I also have to thank our amazing children – they still have smiles on their faces and I can’t wait to welcome them back to school as soon as we are allowed – take care and we will keep in touch.