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Coronavirus and School Closures Thursday 19th March 2020

March 19th, 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

I know that the news yesterday from the Government was that schools will close until further notice from
the end of school on Friday 20th March 2020. This has been misleading, as all our pupils are classed as
‘vulnerable’, due to having an Education Health Care Plan, this means we will remain open beyond
tomorrow and it is our intention that this continues indefinitely. We do have a high number of both staff
and pupils absent from school, however we currently have sufficient staff to run the school safely and
review the situation each morning and evening.

Due to absent staff and reduced class numbers, pupils are where possible staying in their class or tutor
groups, this is particularly different for secondary pupils who are no longer following their usual timetable,
due to staffing absences making this not possible.

It is imperative that you all and all staff follow Government guidance, for anyone in the household who
starts displaying the following symptoms;
• a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
• a new, continuous cough
then they must to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, this is to reduce the chance
of others being infected with the virus.

Where pupils have a confirmed raised temperature or have a cough in school, staff will isolate them from
others and contact parents to collect their child from school. You will then need to keep your child at
home for 7 days, if parents do not follow these procedures and return a child early to school, we will
immediately send them home, this is to protect other children and staff.

It is a worrying time for us all, not just for parents and staff, but our pupils as well, many of whom are
aware of the current crisis we are facing. It is important that we all follow the advice we are given and
minimise any potential risks to each others health. My thanks to all the staff for their support for one
another and for our pupils, we will do our very best to continue to remain open without compromising
anyone’s health.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Tearle

Executive Headteacher