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Letter from Mrs Norman – Closure of school 5.1.21

Uncategorised, | by Lynn Deans

5th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is with huge sadness that following the government’s announcement yesterday, I can confirm that Great Coates Primary School will not reopen for the Spring term on Wednesday as planned.  We will remain closed until further notice except for children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.

Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who all still need to go to work and would have no one to look after their children.  Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker or those with an EHCP.  If you believe that your children fall into either category and believe you will need your child/ren to attend school, please contact the office as soon as possible.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.  The scientific advice shows that schools are safe places for children to be, but asking others to stay away will help to slow the spread of coronavirus.  Please be aware that if your children do fall into the categories above, we will not be able to supervise your children if they show any symptoms or if they are needing to self- isolate.  We will also not supervise children who need to stay at home due to them being identified as high risk or their members of their immediate families being high risk.

To support children who are eligible for a free school meal, we are hoping to be provide lunches in the form of a weekly hamper, just like we did last time.  These will be available for collection from school during a set time slot each week.  Further details about this will follow.

We will be providing home learning activities for the children to do whilst they are away from school.  They can be found on class dojo or on our website.  They will be updated daily.  The class teachers will post on class dojo daily explaining what the expected learning is for each day.  I strongly encourage you to do this with the children as it will prevent from falling behind and will keep them in good learning habits.  Home learning will start tomorrow.  Nursery will send home learning out via ILD.

Children attending school will also complete the same learning to ensure that all children have fair access.  If your child is in school there are three options for attendance, the morning session which is 8:50-12:00, the afternoon session which is 1:00pm to 3:20 pm or the full day.  We are not able to have late drop off and early pick-ups.  Nursery and reception will all be in the reception class so should be dropped off and picked up from reception gate.  Year 1 and 2 children will form a bubble and be in Miss ONeill’s class so will need to be picked up and dropped off from there, year 3 and 4 will be in Miss Baxter’s room and will use the stairwell nearest the hall and year 5 and 6 will use the far stairwell.  They will be labelled.  Children will need to bring a packed lunch.  They don’t need to wear uniform, but please wear something sensible that they could do physical activity in.  Also remember school is cold because of the open windows, so wrap up warm.

Our main priority is to keep all of our school community safe and I feel that the best way to do this is to follow the government advice.  This means if any new advice is issued we will do our best to follow it and we will communicate any advice or changes to you via our website, class dojo or facebook. 

Whilst these are difficult times I would like to send a thank you to the staff, students and families who have supported school during this pandemic.  I look forward to re-opening our school when it is safe and right to do so.

Thank you for your continued support

Andrea Norman

Headteacher.