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Thursday 19th March

Thursday 19th March

Dear Parents/Carers

Following the Government’s announcement that schools will close to the vast majority of students from Friday 20 March 2020. I am writing to clarify what the next steps will now be. We do appreciate that this news, although largely anticipated, when actually confirmed, can come as a shock to both students, parents and staff. We also recognise that this will affect different parents and students in different ways, dependent upon their individual circumstances. Please rest assured that we will endeavour to support you and your child as much as possible throughout this situation.  

Government advice has now stated however that children who have the following conditions should NOT be in school:  

  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary; disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis;  
  • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
  • Chronic kidney disease;  
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis;  
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy;  
  • Diabetes;  
  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed;  
  • A weakened immune system, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy;  
  • Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above) 99th centile for children.  

The Government have stated that schools must close to most students, but remain open to those whose parents are classed as key workers and to those students who are considered ‘vulnerable’.  

We currently have no definitive list from Government as to who is classed as a key worker but we will update you with this as soon as possible.  

If, as a parent, you are identified as a key worker we request that you contact us immediately to let us know that your child falls into this category, and if you know you will need to send your child to school. Key workers are under no obligation to send their children to school but can do so if no other childcare arrangements are possible. We are asking ALL parents to notify us as soon as possible on Friday 20th March, the school office will be open to take your calls on 01384 816825. Please do not be offended if we ask for confirmation from your employer that this is the case. It would be helpful if you could also supply a work address and contact number when you contact us. You can contact us do this by phone on 01384 816825 or by email ( Any students in the identified groups who have no other childcare arrangements will be admitted to school on Monday as normal at 9.00am. They must register in the Early Years Building. Exactly how these lessons and timetable will run is currently being mapped out, but as I am sure you can appreciate it will become impossible for staff to actually teach lessons to a mix of students from different year groups. A packed lunch will be provided for all children eligible for Free School Meals, can all other parents/carers please ensure their child brings a packed lunch in with them.  

We will be staffing and planning for these students to come to school so we therefore need your commitment and support in continuing to send them into school as directed, providing they are not showing symptoms or are part of a household that is required to self-isolate. As far as possible, once your child’s name is added to the list they must attend every day and attendance must not be sporadic depending on your other possible childcare arrangements. For safeguarding reasons, we will need to monitor attendance carefully and therefore the school cannot be used as a general childcare facility if we have no advance notice of your child’s attendance.

Yours Sincerely

S Lea

Mrs S Lea


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