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19 March 2020

Dear Parents,
Because school has been forced to close due to the Coronavirus, I have put together some information as well as tasks to support/extend learning for children whilst they are unable to attend school.
Firstly, during this time there may be many questions that your children have about the current situation especially as over a matter of weeks the structure and routine of day to day activities has declined. During this time, children may feel a sense of anxiousness due to these changes and have lots of questions. I have included some website links which you may find useful to ensure you child receives the facts about the virus at an age appropriate level as well as helping you to answer any potentially difficult questions.
Young Minds: this offers tips on how to talk to your child about the virus.
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
UNICEF
https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19
Newsround: age appropriate news where children can be given key facts
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
This will hopefully be useful for both you and your children as a way of understanding key facts in a way to reduce any worry.
With school being shut, normal routines and structures will not be in place and for some children this can be a particularly difficult time. It will be important for adults and children alike to focus some time on their wellbeing as this is a priority for all. The NHS have a wellbeing guide (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/) which you may find useful during this period. Evidence suggests that there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. There are 5 key points:
• Connect
• Be active
• Learn new skills
• Give to others
• Mindfulness

Trying these things may help everyone feel more positive. Therefore staff have suggested some activities which fit into all the categories to help.
Finally, whilst being off school we are committed to your child’s education and as a result Teaching Staff have put together a set of tasks to support/extend learning and offer some structure for the children whilst off. The loss of structure and sense of connection to normal can be tricky, therefore staff have put together an example timetable should you find it useful, as a way of structuring the day to help both adults and children. The majority of work is either consolidation or creative work for the children and will not be expected to be handed back in for marking.
Warmest Regards,
Mr Hodgson

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

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 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 where both parents are in key worker positions. In a single parent family one key worker position.

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.

  • ·        NHS
  • ·        Police
  • ·        Teachers
  • ·        Delivery People
  • ·        Social Workers
  • ·        Firefighters
  • ·        Care-Home Workers
  • ·        Supermarket Workers
  • ·        Ministry of Defence Workers

Please email to head@st-andrews.lincs.sch.uk with job role of both parents or job role if single parent and Child’s/Children’s name and classes. We will be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so 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 when this is through the school website and twitter accounts.

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.

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.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via head@st-andrews.lincs.sch.uk

 

And 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

Mr D W Hodgson