Thursday 19th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all students from Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers and children with certain needs, who do not have other childcare in place for the coming weeks.
The government has given examples of who these workers could be including NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children are also included in the guidance and these could include those who have a social worker. The families who fall under these categories should identify themselves to the school between 1:30pm – 4:00pm via email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be very helpful for us to begin our planning for your children for Monday.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by sending updates via email/Bromcom and using the homepage of the School website. Information for parents and students about how students will continue to learn at home has been shared via various emails to students and parents. We will continue to set work on a daily basis using our bromcomvle platform and/or via direct emails to pupils.
Secondly, it has also been announced that the government will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that they will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. We know your children have been working tirelessly to prepare for their upcoming GCSE exams and this may come as a disappointment for many who have worked so hard towards them. We will update you once the government has released further information regarding how judgements will now be made. We want to assure you that our commitment in preparing your children for further education school and the next stage of their education remains the same
We know that the measures announced yesterday have wide impact and we continue to appeal for your support as a community at this very difficult time. We ask that everyone listen and follow the guidance from the government and Public Health England in order to keep themselves safe. As soon as we have an official date to re-open, we will communicate this with you via text, email and the school website. The school will continue to update and inform throughout this time.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via email@example.com but please be aware that we may not have answers to some of your questions yet and that staff will need to prioritise supporting students we have on site today.
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.