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LETTER TO PARENTS: 19th March 2020
At 5.15pm yesterday, the Secretary of State for Education gave a public statement that all state-funded schools in England would be closed from the end of the school day on Friday.
He also indicated that all the GCSE, AS and A-level and SATs examinations due to take place this Summer, have been suspended; and that students/pupils would be credited for their learning in some other way.
Having indicated that all schools would be closed, he then indicated that they would be expected to remain open for the children of key workers and for those in various vulnerable categories – providing a safe place and access to meals. We are expecting a definition of ‘key worker’ imminently from the Cabinet Office. It will take time to determine the nature of this provision. In the meantime, you will have been contacted by your children’s schools to begin to collect basic information regarding the possibility of if your child is likely to be in the vulnerable group or key worker group. He has also indicated that we may well be required to provide care for key groups of pupils during the Easter holidays.
Although we have been anticipating such an announcement, and prepared for various scenarios, the limited details so far released raise considerably more questions than answers. You will all have your own legitimate concerns and queries which we will try to answer as soon as definitive answers have been provided from the government.
The Secretary of State gave no undertaking that schools would be expected to sustain a pattern of normal learning during the closure; rather that any available staff would be expected to support other frontline efforts. SECAT’s response is yet to be determined. However, we have an extraordinary meeting with the Executive Team today which will make clear our commitment thus providing you with what you can expect. All Headteachers have been involved in many discussions as I am sure you will recognise and appreciate.
I continue to work, as are our headteachers, and all staff, to clarify as best we can what this announcement means for the schools, for our pupils and for you. I anticipate providing more details later today.
Thank you for your support and for your patience in the meantime.
Pupil attendance is expected to continue as normal within the COVID-19 Public Health England guidance.
Ruth Brock, CEO SECAT
POSTPONED - THURSDAY 19th March
The planned Year 4 Parent Assembly has unfortunately had to be postponed. We plan to reorganise a date in the summer term. Thank you for your understanding.
POSTPONED - MONDAY 23rd March
The planned mothers day tea in EYFS and Reception has unfortunately had to be cancelled. We hope to hold a similar event later in teh academic year.
POSTPONED - THURSDAY 26th March
Parent-Teacher-Pupil Target Setting Meetings 2.30 - 7.30pm
More details to come out soon in a letter to parents
If you, or any member of your household has a high temperature or a new cough, then all in the household should self isolate for 14 days. Please do not come to school. You only need to call school on hte first day of absence to notify of isolation.
The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too.
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, you should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
- If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.
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