Dear Parents and Carers
As you will undoubtedly be aware, the government have stated that schools are to remain open although they will keep this decision under review.
As the path of the Coronavirus outbreak develops, we will follow be following advice from the Department for Education and the Government. This might, at some point, involve temporarily closing the school. If this happens, please note:
- Parents will be kept updated via Parentmail and messages on the school website as well as via email and texts.
- I would ask that if you are not routinely receiving Parentmail communications from the school at present that you share your most up to date email address and contact details with the school office.
Regarding the issue of “school closures” there are currently three main reason why the school may close, those being:
- Government decide to close schools, either regionally or nationally.
- Upon confirmation that a member of the school community has contracted the virus. Should this occur, I would work closely with Public Health England and follow their advice which may be to close the school so that a “deep clean” could be conducted.
- A reduction in teaching staff levels due to illness/emergence of virus like symptoms (a new continuous dry cough/high temperature) may force me to consider closure of the school.
Please be aware that currently some staff members are self-isolating due to a family member displaying symptoms and as such are following advice from Public Health England. It is essential we adopt a pragmatic approach. If we are required to close, work will be set for pupils by their class teachers (information to follow).
We appreciate your support during this period. There is a great deal of media speculation and pupils and families can feel understandably anxious, particularly if they see some of the most sensational coverage on social media. We all have a responsibility to ensure debate around this topic is measured and considered.
As I have previously mentioned, I will continue to follow the advice of Public Health England and will inform you as necessary as the situation develops.
As always, thank you for your continuous support.