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URGENT

Newsletter number 4 includes an important request for those accessing the emergency child care at school to provide details of their requirements for the coming week. Please read and respond. Thank you 
SCHOOL CLOSURE NEWSLETTERS

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NEW- 23rd MARCH URGENT GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Tonight's announcement by the Prime Minister clearly identifies the need to tighten up even further on restrictions over gatherings and the increasing importance of social distancing. With this in mind this is an important message regarding the use of the emergency child care being provided by school.

Whilst the school will continue to provide the emergency care as long as the government requests us to do so it is of paramount importance that families make every effort possible to find alternative child care for their children, EVEN the children of critical workers. The government has made it very clear indeed that it wants as few children in schools as possible as this in turn reduces the number of staff required to supervise them and therefore reduces the instances of contact between people. Please consider this carefully for the sake of your children and the wider community.

A letter from the local authority reinforcing this advice is linked below.

Thank you. 
Arrangements for school provision from Monday 23rd March

The government advice is linked here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

What is key is the following statement within the guidance- 

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But 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.

AND

Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.”




The whole intention of the school closure is to restrict the spread of the virus and so all parents SHOULD wherever possible make other arrangements for their children in order to reduce the numbers congregating in school and enable the closure to actually work.

However should it be impossible for your children to be cared for elsewhere and you feel your job meets the criteria identified in the government guidance, please email headteacher@hunsletstmarys.co.uk providing the following details-
* child/children's names and year groups
* parents/carers job
* current work status/pattern of work/hours of work
* confirmation that you have spoken with your employer to check that you are essential, as the government guidance says you should.
The school will respond to these requests as soon as possible in order to allocate provision for the coming weeks.

It is important to reiterate that "
the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend."

Thank you

Closure announcement

Now the decision has been made to close schools we will keep you updated of events via this part of the website and through the text message system. If you find you are not receiving text messages when others are, please check that we have the most recent contact details for you. 
Contacting School and Advice for parents

Throughout the closure there will be staff in school. If you need to contact us please use the usual phone number 01132717204, or alternatively you can email the school on headteacher@hunsletstmarys.co.uk. 
Accessing work and activities for your children

The class links on the website homepage will direct you to where teachers have uploaded activities and suggestions of work to do with your children during any enforced closure. Follow the link for your child's class. Remember if your child is in Year 2 there will be activities in both Amethyst and Emerald class pages. If your child is in Year 1 there will be activities in both Ruby and Emerald class pages. 

Suggested daily timetable during period of closure

This is a daily timetable you might want to follow each day that the school is closed in order to structure the children's time at home and to reduce stress and frustration. Activities in each of the different sections can be selected from those uploaded for each class and from the links that will be provided. Some year groups may have specific tasks to do each day which should slot nicely into the framework although timings might need to be changed.

Younger children will not be able to focus on activities for as long and so more free play should be added in to break up the activities.

Try to keep mornings as ‘normal’ as possible.  Try to have everyone up, fed and dressed and ready to start the day at a regular time.

Time

Activity

9:00

Outside activity

9:20

English activity

10:00

Independent activity

10:30

Snack

11:00

Numeracy activity

11:40

Independent activity

12:00

lunch

12:30

Outside activity

13:00

Story time  - Read stories / act out stories / listen to audio stories

13:30

Independent activity

14:00

Special project time

14:30

Snack

15:00

Outside activity

15:30

Quiet time .  By this time in the day the children will be tired

16:00

Normal afternoon / evening routines