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Coronavirus update- please open for an important letter updated Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I am now writing to let you know that we have been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all that we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories by contacting the school office on 01922 449104 giving details of your role as a key worker. We will be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

We will also be contacting the families of other children who have been identified by the government as needing a place.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know any more information using our website www.chuckeryprimary.com, our facebook page Chuckery Primary School – Official, our Twitter feed @chuckeryprimary and Marvellous Me.

 

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn. The arrangements for accessing the work we set are as follows:

· For the first few days the children should work through the work packs we have already sent home.

· From the middle of next week, each parent will receive a daily message from their teacher via Marvellous Me. This will outline activities they can do with their children during the day. These may include online, paper based or maybe even physical activities.

 

 

· Where we have an email address for a parent we will begin to send “how are you getting on?” message through Zoom (parents will need to download the free app onto their phones and sign up to it.) This will allow staff and children to communicate between 9am and 3pm each day.

· We will provide the email address of your child’s teacher should you have questions or problems with the work set. They will check their emails at 10am and 2pm each day and will respond to your questions by the end of the next working day.

 

Many of the on-line activities will be through Purple Mash. You can find the link to this site on our website under useful links or by typing in

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/chuckery

 

If your child usually receives free school meals, initially we will cook a meal for your child on site, you should order this by 9:30am each day and collect from the canteen at 12.30pm via the Tantarra Street entrance. We will also be in touch with more information about how the scheme is currently being developed by the government.

Children in Year 2 and Year 6 will not be expected to sit the SATs tests this year.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation.

We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via our email: postbox@chuckery.walsall.sch.uk

Remember, if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

James Pearce                           Neil Ravenscroft

Headteacher                            Chair of Governors