Letter to parents

19th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you know, we are all facing extraordinary challenges at this time and the situation is placing pressure on all parts of society. Our staff have been doing all they can to keep our school open, or partially open, since this crisis began and I would like to pay tribute to their remarkable commitment. They have been extraordinary and we will continue to play our part over the coming weeks.

As you will know, the Government made several very important decisions yesterday evening (18th March) about schools. There will be further detail to follow but I wanted to ensure you had as much information as possible as early as possible.

The Government has advised schools in England to close, except for certain groups of children, from this Friday afternoon (21st March) onwards as a further measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. No date has been set for when schools will re-open for all pupils.

From Monday, the school will continue to be open for the following groups of pupils:

  • Children whose parents are frontline workers – the Government has said these would include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers. However, others will be in this category and we expect to hear more from the Government on this in the coming days
  • Those classed as what the Secretary of State described as “vulnerable children”. These could be those who have a social worker and those with EHCPs

For pupils in these groups, we have also been asked to remain open through the Easter holidays and we will do our best to achieve this. From Monday 23rd March and through this period, our school will provide care for these children.

As soon as I have more information on the above groups, I will share it with you and will then ask for parents/carers who fall within this remit and are accepting this provision to contact the school.

Children who do not fall into the groups listed above should remain at home with appropriate care.

The school will continue to provide learning for the children during closure.  From Monday we will provide education via email to all children.

  • Your class teacher will email the daily learning to you by 9am every day.
  • Children should complete all the daily learning that is provided on the PowerPoint.
  • The class teacher will be available on their email address from 9am-3pm to answer any questions and to give feedback to you on any completed work.
  • Completed work or photographs can be emailed to the class teacher for comments between the hours of 9am-3pm.
  • If your child is in the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) the above applies to you.  Additionally, make sure you have logged onto Tapestry to access online lessons delivered by the teachers. You can communicate with the class teacher from 9am to 3pm via email.

They have also announced that tests and exams will not take place this summer. For children and young people, who have worked so hard to prepare for their SATs, this may be upsetting, and we sympathise with them. We will provide further information about this as and when it becomes available.

In the meantime, I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for your understanding and ongoing support in helping us to manage this unprecedented situation. 

Yours sincerely,

Kate O’Connor

Head teacher

Lessness Heath Primary School