School Closure and Key Worker Information UPDATE Friday 20th March 2020
Following the recent announcement from the Government regarding the role schools will play during the current health crisis, I am writing to inform you of the plans we have put in place as a response to this.
Dulverton Primary School will be closed from the end of the school day, today (20th March, 2020) but remain open for children who are vulnerable and to the children of key workers who are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. We will be aiding those parents/guardians who need support, as much as we are able to, as we know how vital it is that we support the children of parents/guardians who need the school to be open, in order to do the work our society needs with this unprecedented, national emergency.
WE WILL EMAIL (TODAY) ONLY THOSE PARENTS/GUARDIANS WHOSE CHILDREN ARE EXPECTED ON MONDAY.
The principle is that if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. The Government is asking parents/guardians to keep their children at home, wherever possible – schools will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The key principles are:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be, since home isolation is the safest option.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent/guardian who is a critical worker, then education provision will be available for them, as best as we are able to provide.
It is recommended, that as far as we can, we provide work for the children to complete whilst the schools are closed, which we have done by providing packs of information for each year group (on the school website). We have also provided a list of useful websites that link to a variety of subjects across the curriculum.
Teachers and support staff are not on holiday during the closure. They will be preparing the learning, writing reports, assessing the children’s learning from the Spring Term, accessing online training for their own professional development and planning lessons for when the children return to school.
As of Monday 23rd March, 2020 and for the foreseeable future, we will be operating a completely different timetable at Dulverton Primary School. We will make the learning as relevant as possible but it will not follow the national curriculum and we cannot guarantee that your child/ren will be taught by their usual teacher. Your child/ren will always be supervised by an appropriate adult.
As a school, we continue to maintain thorough cleaning of our school each day and are also encouraging everyone to follow the Government guidance on the importance of hand washing and are following the Catch it, Bin it, Kill in procedure.
I know none of us ever expected to be facing or dealing with such a challenging situation and certainly as a mum and Head Teacher, I fully understand in this time of uncertainty, just how emotional and difficult this is, for us all.
I really appreciate the families who have expressed their thanks to us, for making our school community as ready as they can be. Whilst other schools have already had to close their doors and limit year groups coming in, my amazing and wonderful staff and colleagues have continued to go way beyond what could be ever be expected of anyone. I am so grateful and proud of each and every one of them.
We have fabulous children who are supported by wonderful families and I ask that you continue to stay safe and look after each other in the coming weeks.
All the staff here are thinking of you at this very difficult time and we will do everything we can to maintain contact with you and your child/ren. Please let them know that I and their teachers/support staff here at school will miss them and look forward to welcoming the children back, once the health crisis is over.
Thank you also, for your continued understanding and support.
Mrs S J Stringman
Dulverton Primary School