Coronavirus - 19th March 2020

As you will be aware, the Government announced yesterday that schools will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. 

Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. 

North Yorkshire County Council are currently working out the best way in which to provide places for these children and we will communicate this to you as soon as we are made aware. 

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care. 

We don’t know how long this period will last but will keep you regularly updated via email.  Please make sure that you let us know if your email changes at any time. 

Your children may feel quite unsettled by the situation, as many adults do at the moment.  We will support them over the next few days by discussing the situation openly and allowing them to share their concerns.  We will also be letting them know that, whenever this is over, we will still be here for them. 

Teaching staff at school will be providing home learning on their class pages.  Remember that home learning comprises of many things beyond working on paper, a computer or iPad, which might include cooking, working out the cost of shopping, board games and an obstacle course.  Make the most of all learning opportunities, whilst keeping safe. 

Schools are being given the flexibility to provide meals or vouchers to children eligible for free school meals.  We do not know exactly how this will work yet but will putting things in place as soon as we find out. 

We would remind you all to stay up to date on any government advice in order to keep you and you’re your loved ones safe: 

We will continue to send out communication as soon as possible. 

If you have any further questions, please get in touch. 

Yours faithfully 

Jacqui Palmer

Executive Headteacher