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Coronavirus Update

16th March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Coronavirus – partial school closure

 

I have been keeping the impact of Coronavirus on the staffing situation under close scrutiny with my leadership team and have today reluctantly reached the conclusion that, as a result of widespread staff illness and self-isolation, I can no longer safely keep the school open to all pupils.

 

As a result, and with effect from 17th March, I have taken the difficult decision, supported by BET, to close our Reception and Year 1 classes.These arrangements will be reviewed daily, and if it is necessary to alter them, we will give you as much notice as we are able to.

 

Year groups that are unable to attend school will be set tasks appropriate for their age and ability, distributed as outlined in a previous communication. Staff who are able to attend school will do their best to stay in contact through the usual channels with those students who have to remain at home. Staff will be observing normal school hours, so are unlikely to be in contact outside these hours. Please encourage your child to make every effort with their studies, whether at home or at school. The more of a routine that can be established, the less unsettling the current situation is for all.

 

This is a challenging and stressful time for all, and I am very aware of the impact that partially closing the school has on families, so please be assured this is not a decision I have taken lightly.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Laura Benardout

Head Of School