As you know, the government announced an unprecedented decision last night concerning the indefinite closure of schools from this Friday. In the midst of these worrying and volatile times, I would like to reassure you that this decision has been taken to reduce social interaction and to limit the spread of the Coronavirus rather than because of a particular risk to our young children.
While schools were expecting an announcement on school closures, the pace and nature of this decision means we do not yet have full details to answer all the questions you may have. I can, however, confirm the following:
· School will close indefinitely for most pupils from this Friday.
· Schooling or child care provision will continue to be provided for children whose parents are recognised as key workers, those who have social workers and those pupils who have Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs). Details of what constitutes a key worker will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We are working with the Local Authority to arrange interim childcare provision for these pupils and the staffing for this. It is important to note that this provision is likely to be concentrated in selected schools and therefore may not be here. This provision will not be the curriculum but will be childcare. Further details will be given to those families involved in this as soon as it is available, along with what offer will be available for the Easter holiday period.
· No SATs assessments will take place this summer. I know how hard the children have worked and that they will be hugely disappointed at not having the chance to perform to their best in the examinations. It is crucial that we support and seek to ease the stress on our children at this time.
I totally appreciate the worry that the lack of definitive answers on some of these issues will be causing. Please be assured that we will provide you with further information and clarification as soon as we are able to. We wish to provide you with what assurances we can in these troubling times.
All children will go home tonight with a home learning pack to support their home learning. The contents of this will vary slightly depending on the age of your child but for most children it will include:
Two reading books but also please read materials from home
An exercise book for your child to record home learning
An overview of writing, maths tasks and wider curriculum activities (these will then be emailed to you on a fortnightly basis)
Common exception word lists or phonics mats
Online learning log ins are stuck in reading records or homework books
I must end this letter by paying tribute to all our school staff who are working incredibly hard to provide education and support at what is the most demanding time in living memory. I appeal for your full support for our school leaders and staff at this unprecedented time.
You have my very best wishes for your family.
Miss Emma E Miller