Dear Parents and Carers
Closure of School due to Coronavirus
We have been instructed by the Department for Education to close the school to all children except those children whose parents are critical workers or have particular defined needs (see later section). This is part of the national strategy to delay the further spread of Coronavirus. With effect from Monday 23 March, Gladstone Park Primary School will be closed until further notice.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.
If children can stay safely at home, they should,
to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
More information for parents can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in the wider society.
Key Principles that the Government have set out:
Please follow these:
1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. Currently this will be at our school. But please be aware that this may change if we cannot provide sufficient and appropriate staffing.
3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible. (You may need to confirm this with your employer)
I realise that not attending school causes potential disruption to your child’s learning and routine. The school has put in place steps to help children continue to learn whilst at home through the distribution of Learning Packs, a full list of online resources to use as well as your child’s class page being regularly updated on the school website and each child has login details for MyMaths and Bug Club.
During the school closure, your child’s non-attendance will not be marked as an unauthorised absence. This will not affect your child’s attendance record.
I will keep you informed of any changes to the school closure via the school website and parent e-mail. If you have any questions on whole school arrangements, please e-mail the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
I would be grateful if you can keep up to date with the Public Health England guidance on Coronavirus so that you can keep yourself and your family safe. Use the website below, which is currently being updated daily:
The government has asked schools to only remain open to children whose parents are critical workers or have an Education Health and Care Plan or social worker. If your child falls into one of these categories they are eligible to attend school.
For safeguarding and planning reasons we must know in advance which children are intending to come into school during the school closure.
If you wish for your child to continue to attend school due to you fitting into a key worker group, please complete the response form below and return it to email@example.com by 12 noon on Friday 20 March. Please can response forms only be returned via this e-mail address. Once we have received your form we will confirm that you have a place.
School will be open for these children only from Monday 23 March. For replies received after 12 on Friday 20 March, children will be given an alternative start date. This to aid us in planning the correct staffing levels.
Children attending school on Monday 23 March should be in clean clothes every day and enter through the main entrance on Sherrick Green Road at 8.30am. Please note that the normal school behaviour policy applies whilst children are in school.
The school will be open in a caring capacity rather than a teaching capacity and children will be supervised completing the work set by their normal teachers.
Your child bring a packed lunch and any other snacks and drinks with them each day.
The school will be open Monday to Friday from 8.30 – 3.15pm. Please can you arrange for your child to be collected by 3.15pm each day.
Free School Meals
If your child is not attending school and is eligible for a free school meal, there will be a food package available on Tuesday. This can be collected between 9.00 and 9.30am from the Sports hall (Cullingworth Road entrance).
It is important to underline that schools remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
I appreciate that this is a difficult time for families and children, but I can assure you the school is taking every step possible to follow government guidance.
Our staff are working incredibly hard to play their role in supporting the government in their strategy to contain this virus. I know that you will join with me in thanking them for their dedication and commitment. Please do all you can to support them and help them at this time. Please work with us to protect them too and follow all Public Health Guidance.
As the situation evolves, we will continue to update you on how our plans change.
May I take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your continued support.