Posted on: March 19th 2020

Coronavirus - update 19th March 2020

19 March 2020 - Coronavirus update

 Dear Parents and carers

As I am sure you are aware, the Government has taken the decision to close schools as from Monday 23 March to all pupils except the children of "key workers" and vulnerable pupils.  We do not know yet how long schools will be shut for. We will keep in touch with parents via the website and schoolbuddy whilst school is closed.

  • Key Workers

We need to get an early indication of the number of pupils for whom we need to keep the school open.  Although the Government has not yet produced a list of key worker jobs, they have suggested that it is people who work in the NHS, the emergency services or the supply services such as supermarket delivery drivers.  When we get further details we will let you know.

If you consider yourself to be a "key worker" and would like your child to attend school next week - Please phone (01293 534314) or email the school by 9.00am Friday 20 March

If you are emailing, please title your email ‘Key worker and ’tell us the full name and year group of your child/children and your occupation.

When we get confirmation from the Government, if they say your occupation fits in the "key worker" category, we will be in contact with you about arrangements for next week. 

School will run normal hours 8.40am – 3.30pm however, the work your child will do will be different from normal. We may be able to keep the breakfast club and after school club open but this will depend on staffing and will be confirmed when we have a clearer idea of numbers and we will discuss this will you.

We will be in direct contact with parents of vulnerable pupils to discuss arrangements for next week.

  • The current advice regarding self isolation still applies for everyone (including key workers and vulnerable pupils)-

if ANY member of the household is displaying symptoms - a new, persistent cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) - then ALL household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

We are all deeply upset that school has to close. In the current situation, it is so important that we follow the instruction and advice from the Government so that we slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect our elderly and most vulnerable people.  We will keep you updated.

With all best wishes

Mrs Hollingdale


Public Health leaflet - coronavirus