19th March 2020
Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following the Government’s announcements last night, I am writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children from this Friday until further notice. As advised by the government, we will do all that we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs, including those with EHCPs.
We are waiting for the Government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you are a key worker, or think your child may fall into another of these categories. Please call or text the school office and tell them your child’s name and class and your key worker category. We will be in touch again as soon as we are sure exactly who key worker status does apply to. All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from tomorrow onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure of schools – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is via the website and by text.
The school website address is: https://www.st-augustines-primary.co.uk
I would like to reassure you that the school will be providing work to ensure that the children are able to continue to learn and to consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding at home. All teachers have been busy preparing the class pages on the school website with links to educational websites, work set by teachers and ideas for other activities to do at home with your child. These pages will be updated regularly. If your child does not have access to a computer, laptop or tablet, please notify the school so that we can find other ways to support them.
We are also making up packs with essential resources, such as pencils, rulers and sharpeners, as well as packs of work for the next week and details of usernames and passwords for on-line sites such as Bug Club reading resources and Times Tables Rock Stars. The pack will include a letter from your child’s class teacher with details of their school email address so that you or your child will be able to contact the teacher with questions or send them any work that you would like them to see or respond to. Teachers have also included a suggested timetable for the day to include school work and other activities, which you may find useful, as it is important for children to have clear routines. We do expect the children to do some schoolwork every day, but also want to encourage them to do some physical exercise and to develop other interests.
If your child is in school today, they will be given their pack at the end of the day. If your child is not in school today, you or a friend can collect the packs from the school during normal school hours tomorrow.
If your child usually receives free school meals, we will be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
If you have any questions, please consult the following:
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
Thank you for your continued support and remember that we are here for you if you need someone to talk to.
Head of Primary