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Whole School Letter 19.03.20

Thursday 19th March 2020
Dear Parents,
We really do have the most amazing school community. As ever, when faced with challenging times here at school, everyone has pulled together to navigate each day anew.
I am sure that by now everyone is aware of the government’s announcement that schools will close to the majority of pupils at the end of the day tomorrow. The exception is for the ‘children of key workers and vulnerable children’. Schools are pressing the government to clarify this statement as a matter of urgency so that we can provide you with further guidance to which children exactly this applies to. We hope this is issued very soon to help address any uncertainty. What is clear, is that large numbers of our children will not be attending school next week, and for the near future. The nation’s educational landscape has been transformed in what feels like the blink of an eye. As you would expect, plans are already underway to deliver home learning for pupils. These are at an extremely early stage however, and our current priority is managing the health and well-being of children for today and tomorrow. We are entering uncharted waters with regards to home learning so we please ask for patience whilst we put measures in place. These will be communicated to you as soon as we possibly can. Thank you for your understanding. Children will be issued today with exercise books in which they will be able to record some of their work in the coming weeks. Again we appreciate your patience whilst we issue specific tasks. Arrangements are also being put in place to ensure our families who are self-isolating receive their exercise books either today or tomorrow.
The latest government advice on the Coronavirus situation is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response. Should children show the symptoms outlined whilst at school we will call you immediately so you are able to collect them. Families who are self-isolating can inform us using the normal absence procedures. We are extremely grateful for everyone's ongoing support in these incredibly challenging times.
Yours Sincerely,
Rob Bothma
Headteacher
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