Annie Lennard Primary School

20th March CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

20th Mar 2020

Friday 20th March 2020

Dear Parents/ Carers

 

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your understanding and support during this time. It has not been easy for anybody, especially when we have limited information.

 It is strange to think that we will not be seeing the vast majority of the school population for a while. However, I would like to make it clear that although your children are not in school we are still at the end of the phone and here to help if we can. I know Mrs Hadden sent out a message about food bank vouchers and you may not need them currently but if circumstances change please contact school.

 We now have clarification from the Government of who is a key worker, and following the phone calls we made yesterday we know who may need our assistance for the foreseeable future. Again, thank you for your cooperation with this.

 I will be in touch with those of you who are a key worker today in order to ascertain your requirements. If you are not a key worker you will not hear from school today and your children need to remain at home from Monday 23rd March until further notice.

 However, I would like to reiterate the governments guidance, this is not about ‘entitlement’ it is about doing the right thing for the greater good of society; accommodating the greatest need and limiting social interaction and the spread of the virus - allowing school to stay open for those who need it the most.If you have asked for provision and on reflection now feel that you can use alternative care please contact the school immediately

 Government Guidance

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolationhousehold isolation and social distancing.

 And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. 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 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.

 Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to 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.

 We will continue to update the website, send emails and we may also call you to see if you are all ok. Keep in touch all but most of all keep yourselves safe and well.

Take Care

Mrs Natalie Crozier