Corona Virus Updates
***Latest Update - National School Closure***
20th March 2020
Final School Closure Letter
I am simply devastated that I am writing this letter to remind you that school will be closing to the majority of children as of today and will only open to the children of key workers and vulnerable children on Monday.
Thank you to all the parents that have already contacted us requiring places from next week. I know some of the families have followed the latest government advice and are able to keep children at home even though they are eligible for a place. If your circumstances change, please do not hesitate to contact us and book your child in. We are able to be flexible with days and sessions but if you could give us as much notice as possible so I can ensure appropriate staffing levels that would be much appreciated.
We will be offering ‘educational activities’ during the school day, which is remaining as 8.45am until 3.25pm. Please all use the gate by the Early Years canopy for dropping off and collecting your child. Please continue to send your child in their school uniform. If you are doing half days please come to the reception to collect. Staff will be working on a rota basis and I will always ensure we have enough staff for the activities to be safe. I will only close the school completely should I not have enough staff to run the day safely and would give notice to parents on this. We will endeavour to stay open and provide fun activities for the children throughout this global health crisis.
We will be able to offer the children one hot lunch offer and one packed lunch offer each day. Please pay on Parentpay as normal if you want a school lunch. Please feel free to send your child with a packed lunch if that is your preferred option. We will also be offering a 10.45am morning break time snack to all children (not just Key Stage two). This is due to KS1 fruit not being available. The menu is on the school website with the most expensive option being a cheesy oatcake at 55p. Please send your child in with some snack money if you would like to purchase one of the options.
I am pleased to confirm that Happy Hours will also be providing their normal services to the same families that are entitled to attend school. Please book with them separately if they can support you with before school, after school or the Early Years 30 hours provision.
I urge you to continue to NOT send your child in if they are displaying any of the symptoms and you should be continuing to self-isolate as a family for 14 days should a family member show symptoms. I can only continue to remain open if my staff are well and able.
Advice from the government is as follows:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
In order to fully support the families of key workers Picknalls will be opening over the Easter holidays, further details to follow.
I simply cannot thank you enough for your support, encouragement and kind wishes. I wish you and your family a healthy break and I really look forward to seeing you all again very soon and get ‘back to normal!’ Please take care of yourselves and keep checking the school website.