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School Closure January 2021

Following the recent government announcement, that schools will be closed to most pupils until February half term, I would like to provide some clarity to how our school will respond to the challenge that we face. Our priorities remain keeping our school community safe and providing a high quality education for our pupils.

In order for staff to fully prepare for dual learning the school will remain closed to all pupils on Tuesday 5th January. Lessons will switch to remote learning from tomorrow. Due to the timing of the announcement, the learning activities for the first day of school closures will be ready to access by 11am on Google Classroom. From Wednesday learning activities will be accessible from 9am. A further email will be sent tomorrow to give further details of the remote learning.

Starting from Wednesday 6th January there will be in school provision for the following groups of pupils;

  • Those who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child.
  • Those who have an EHCP.
  • Children with a disability.
  • Children who are classed as vulnerable.
  • The children of workers critical to the COVID-19 

*Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker/family support worker, are a Looked After Child, children on a Special Guardianship Order, those living in temporary accommodation and those who are Young Carers

Key Workers

Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home, and where possible we would encourage this.  Key Workers can be summarised as follows:

•             Health and Social Care

•             Education and childcare

•             Key Public Services

•             Local and national government

•             Food and the other necessary goods

•             Public safety and national security

•             Transport

•             Utilities, communication and financial services.

If you are classified as a key worker and your child requires this provision in school please complete the attached form via the link below for each of your children by 12 noon tomorrow. You will then be contacted at some point in the afternoon to confirm whether we are able to offer a space in the key worker groups, starting from Wednesday 6th January. Please be aware that there will be a limited number of places available in these groups to allow pupils and staff to maintain a safe distance.

The overriding message is that the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible; this is to heavily reduce the number of children in schools in order to limit the spread of the virus and both support and maximise the capacity of our NHS.

Please also note that unlike last time, to maintain high standards of learning and a continuity of provision, we require your child to attend on a full time basis rather than just the days that you are required to work.

Please note that for the small number of children who will be attending school, Earlybirds/Nurture Group will continue to run as normal for at least this week and school meals will still be provided (red and green option and dietary needs).

I appreciate this email gives families very little notice to make child care arrangements but unfortunately school leaders heard the announcement at the same time as the public. I also appreciate the tremendous sacrifices some of you will be making to have your children at home over the coming weeks.  Please know that you will not be alone and we will do all we can to provide a quality education and support for your child/ren at home.

Further information will be sent home tomorrow.  However, should you require any information in the meantime, please contact the school office via office@battlingbrook.uk

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Stay safe and best wishes

Mrs Mathie