SCHOOL IS NOW CLOSED
Dear Parents & Carers,
Firstly, we hope that you and your families are well. We have a few updates for you:
Emergency School Provision
School will not be open for the next two weeks, but will reopen as an Emergency Care Provision on Monday 20th April. If you have any concerns or need any assistance, please contact Mrs Welsh on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will pass on your query to the appropriate person. If you are a Key Worker and need the provision, this will be moved to William Reynolds Primary School for the next two weeks. Contact number: 01952 388280.
The next two weeks are the Easter Holidays! Free School Meals obviously would not usually be given in the holidays but we are working with the Local Authority to see if there is a possibility of them continuing.
Free School Meal Vouchers
From Monday 20th April, you will no longer receive a packed lunch instead you will be emailed a voucher code to use at a variety of well known supermarkets. This is a Government initiative. In order for you to receive your weekly voucher (worth £15 for each child) we will need your email address. It is really important that you send us your email address and names of your children as soon as possible to our Administrator, Mrs Smith, at email@example.com so that we can start to prepare for you to receive these on the 20th April.
At the end of Easter, we will put some new home learning tasks up onto the website. The Home Learning folder for each year group can be found under the 'Classes' tab. In this folder, each year group has got some interactive activities and topic work to complete. If you want to email photos in to us in school we could start to display some of their fabulous work on here. Please do try, where you can, to keep the children accessing 'Mathletics', 'Times Tables Rockstars' and 'Bug Club' or reading their own books at home.
Best Wishes everyone
Mrs Welsh and Miss Wilkes
School is now CLOSED
Dear Parents & Carers
We now have the detail available to us that we have been waiting for regarding who may be defined as a ‘Key Worker’ and therefore be able to consider using school based childcare provision. The following is based on the Government’s directive to schools this morning.
We are asked to remember that, as a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why they Government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.
The Government is stressing that, if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
We will therefore provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Parents whose work is critical to the Covid-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined at the end of this letter. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
We ask you to also confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
Please also follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be
- Parents should do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
Our staff are putting their health at risk and should the number of staff becoming ill increase then we will be forced to close.
The Local Authority are working hard to deliver a Free Packed Lunch for those of the children entitled to them. As a school we are a hub for packing the lunches and the vehicles to arrive to deliver them. If you feel your child is entitled to a Free School Meal and have not received one please email the Local Authority on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bear with the delivery vehicles & volunteers as they are delivering over 900 lunches.
Thank you for being patient with us at this time and for all your support and kind messages.
Letter to all parents today
Thursday 19th March 2020
As you will be aware, Friday 20th at 3.20pm, schools will be officially closing for most children, except for a small number of children with families where both parents are working in the key areas or classed as vulnerable pupils:
Police and Fire
Critical infrastructure workers
We are working with Telford and Wrekin Catering Services to ensure that children in receipt of free school meals can still receive a packed lunch each day to their house.
Please understand that from Friday, school will be essentially repurposed and will be acting as an emergency care provision. There will be no breakfast club or afterschool clubs as of this Friday for any child. Unless it has been confirmed that you are entitled to the emergency care provision you child will not be able to return to school until the Government re-opens all schools. Dates for the re-opening of our school will be put on our website.
If your child is in the emergency care provision, we will be open between 8:30am and 3pm. We will be taking a register immediately. Please contact school as a matter of urgency and leave a message on our answering machine if your child is unable to attend. All children accessing the emergency care provision will need to be accompanied to,and from school. This is to secure the safety of the children. No child will be allowed to walk to or from school by themselves. Children will need a packed lunch or they can access a lunch from our catering team if free school meals. As we will be enjoying a range of activities, children will need outdoor shoes, a coat and their PE kits. They will not be expected to wear school uniform. We will contact you before Monday if your child is able to access the emergency care provision.
It is vital that families, for whom school is closed, check the website regularly for updates http://www.johnfletcherofmadeley.co.uk/
If we find ourselves in a position where senior leadership is compromised, all provisions will come to an end and this will be communicated as soon as possible. At this point schools are closed for the imminent future.
Thank you for your patience and support
Mrs Rhonda Welsh
As a school, we are acting upon the current guidelines from The Government and The Department for Education.
Following the Government announcement tonight, on Friday 20th March at 3.20pm, school will close until further notice.
The Government have asked for schools to be able to continue to support Key worker families. If you are a family who is a Key worker (NHS, food delivery or police) and needs support to be able to go to work can you please let the office know tomorrow, so that we can start to put a plan in place for you. We are awaiting further information about vulnerable families and will be in contact if this applies to you.
All exams in May and June have been cancelled: Y6 SATs, Y2 SATs, Y4 multiplication check and Y1 Phonics Screening.
School will remain open the next 2 days as planned.
Head of School