Coronavirus Update

20th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Firstly can I thank each and every one of you for your support and kind messages for staff over the last few days. We have all appreciated your good wishes.

Today is indeed a sad day as we say goodbye to most of our children for the time being and school closes for the foreseeable future. For those pupils not in school, there is now a home learning tab on the website with ideas that you can use to support your child’s learning. My advice would be to have structured times of learning at home that looks at maths, reading, writing and other curriculum areas. A regular pattern will help support the learning and manage expectations. This home learning will be updated as time goes on now that it is clear the closure is likely to be for an extended period of time.

We will also send messages on twitter and via email just to keep in touch with you all. On that note, we will phone every family at least fortnightly during term time to touch base and see how you are all getting on.

As you are aware the school is officially closing to children today until further notice.

However, the school will be open on Monday to provide childcare for the children of key workers only. These are workers who fall into the categories on the letter found on our website, who wish to take up the offer of childcare provided at school and have informed the school in advance. The childcare provided for key workers is not schooling but CARE for children while their parents are working and it will be for the normal school hours.

If you are a key worker and need before or after school provision, please contact Squirrels on 07732106370 or kidsclubstb@gmail.com

We appreciate that key workers may opt for alternative childcare arrangements that will provide more appropriate social distancing for their children. The Government is clear that where parents can care for children at home, children should be cared for at home so as to limit the chance of the virus spreading:

“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 to keep their children at home, wherever possible – schools will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.”

“If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be as 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.”

The childcare we will provide for the key workers’ children is not schooling but CARE for children while their parents are working and it will be for the normal school hours.

Our arrangements in the morning will be as follows:

School will open at 8.40 and close at 3.25 for KS1 and at 3.30pm for KS2. Please bring your children to the year 5/6 door for key stage 2 children and the 2M door (first classroom you come to after the gate) for key stage 1 and reception children. Please note, provision is provided ONLY to the existing Coppice Children of key workers.

We are happy for children to come in non-uniform. Please provide your child/ren with a P.E kit, suitable outdoor footwear and coats/gloves as we are hoping to do as many outdoor activities as we can.

Free School Meals (FSM) pupils will continue to be provided for those who are entitled. However, Universal Free School Meals (free school meals to key stage 1 children) will cease from today. It is the intention to offer hot meals to children in school as normal at a cost of £2.35. They may of course bring a packed lunch. For children staying at home who normally have free school meals we are following guidance and are hoping to clarify this provision shortly.

Please note that you should NOT send your children in to school if you can make other more suitable arrangements.

Please be reassured that all the staff are working really hard to ensure plans are in place so we can deliver effective and safe childcare over the next few weeks.

Please look after yourselves in the coming months and we look forward to seeing you all again when the schools reopen.

See you on Monday to those coming in.

Yours sincerely

Richard Green

Headteacher

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