School Closure Letter 20/03/2020
Friday 20th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
As a result of the Government directive, supported by Public Health UK, we will be shutting the school to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household-isolation and social distancing. The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
It is important to underline that schools remain safe places for children. But, 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.
Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health Care Plans, looked after children, young carers and disabled children.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the link below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. (This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so).
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then child care provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions, for childcare.
- 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.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed on the link below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for childcare provision within a school building:
Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, Bradford Local Authority will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available. At this moment we are unaware of what this will look like but will keep parents updated.
At the moment, Ley Top Primary will remain open for children who fall into the above category. Normal school hours will be operating - 8:40am to 3:15pm (for the small number of children meeting the above criteria).
Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide breakfast club. The school will staff this care provision with volunteers from the staff team who are able to come into school. This may mean that it is different staff each day and there will not always be a teacher on site.
For the children who attend school during this period, they will be expected to access the online learning the same as the rest of their peers. School will be running as a care facility rather than an educational resource. School will endeavor to keep the health and safety of all our pupils’ paramount and will ensure that first aiders and designated safeguarding leads are available during school hours.
If your child will be attending school on Tuesday, then you need to have informed the school before Monday lunchtime. The school will be speaking to individual families to clarify the reason for their attendance. It is really important that this has been agreed before they attend. The school will not accept any children unless a formal agreement has been agreed with the Headteacher or Senior Leadership Team.
For children attending school on Tuesday they will be welcomed into school through the top hall door. Many parts of school will not be accessible and the children will be cared for in a designated space. Children who are entitled to free school meals will be provided with a packed lunch. For all other children please send your child with a packed lunch. Please can all children bring a named, filled water bottle every day. Children are not required to wear their school uniform.
We want to be able to support families and pupils during this period of disruption and so this letter aims to outline parental responsibilities around home learning whilst school is closed.
When your child leaves school they will take home a study pack, which has been prepared by your child’s class teacher. If your child has already been self-isolating, then packs have been made available to collect.
As we are now closing school indefinitely we need to be able to provide ongoing home learning for all our children. Therefore, each day we will be providing families with a daily challenge via social media (Facebook & Twitter) which will also be published in the galleries folder on our school website. We have also provided a list of educational websites for each year group, which can be found on our new home learning section of the website.
If your child is ill during this time, then you need to report this to the school office via email.
It is really important that during this time you try to keep familiar routines for your children. Well-known routines in everyday life provide security and stability.
As a parent, you may be concerned yourself. Take care of yourself and make sure you have breaks, time to relax, and ask for help from others if needed.
The school has made the decision to remain closed as normal over the Easter holiday. Therefore, school will be closed to all children from Friday 3rd April until Monday 20th April. Teachers will not be setting online work during this period. If school is required to remain open to support children of key workers and vulnerable children during this period, then families will be contacted individually.
If you have any questions for your child’s class teacher or the Senior Leadership Team whilst the school is closed then please send an email to: email@example.com. The school office email will be checked daily from Monday to Friday, therefore a member of staff will do their best to respond to any emails as promptly as possible.
I am sure you can appreciate that the school is trying to run as effectively as possible with a very restricted timescale and limited information from the government. We are trying to do the best we can to keep updated with DFE guidance and communicate as quickly as possible with parents.
If anything changes regarding the school closures we will, of course, let you know.
Thank you for your continued support and please take care during this extended leave.