Coronavirus: required closure details
Following on from our last update, We are now writing to let you know that we have now 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 we can to stay open for the children of key workers 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. If you consider yourself to be a key worker as defined as the professions below.
- Clinical NHS staff
- Teachers and support school
- Police and community support officers
- Frontline civilian police staff
- Prison officers and staff
- Probation officers and trainee probation officers
- LA officers and LA/ NHS social workers
- Uniformed staff in fire and rescue services
- Armed forces personnel and some civilian MOD personnel (ie clinical staff, MOD police, uniformed fire and defence) and some discharged personnel
- Highway agency traffic staff
- LA environmental health officers/practitioners
- Care workers
- Food/supermarket drivers and other workers
If you wish to send your child/children to school next week – please complete the form at this link (if you prefer to keep your child/children at home – there is no need to fill in the form). Please complete the form in the next 48 hours or sooner. For children of key workers who have to be in on Monday, they will be supervised by members of the senior leadership team. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to and what plans we have in place to safeguard your children.
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’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by a combination of InTouch, the school website, Edulink and social media.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
We will be open to staff only on Monday – training will be provided and time given to enable staff to set up to 6 weeks of work for each child
- Details of the work will be found on Edulink
- Staff will use either Office 365/Teams or Google Apps to share work for students to complete
- Students will be able to email their teachers, via teams or Google Apps for guidance and feedback – this work can be completed by students at any point within the deadline for that piece of work – for example one task might have a deadline of two weeks, but they should allow 24 hours for staff to respond to queries
- Staff will provide assessed tasks for students and provide feedback within the usual college expectations
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
What we won’t be able to go ahead with
- School trips
- Breakfast or after-school clubs
- Internal exams or tests
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with 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’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
Full details and expectations will be sent out tomorrow. If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the email contacts below:
Behaviour and safeguarding - Ms Katie Jarvis firstname.lastname@example.org
Website, communication and office 365 - Mr Simon Warburton - email@example.com
Curriculum, assessment and other queries - Ms Victoria Hearn - firstname.lastname@example.org
Impington International College - Ms Jo Sale - email@example.com
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.