Dear parents and carers,

Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

At this difficult time we want to thank you for your continued support and reassure you that, as a Catholic Trust, we are doing our utmost to support all of our children and families. As you will be aware, the government has instructed schools throughout the country to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice. Over the coming days, the Trust phase 1 response plan will be rolled out and this initial phase will see all 26 school sites open to the students identified by Mr Williamson on Wednesday 18th March.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers and children with particular needs:

The government has defined those as follows:

  • Pupils who have a social worker and pupils with an educational health and care plan.
  • Key workers: NHS staff police, others in frontline services and children with certain needs.

Please see link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The government guidance clearly states that 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.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

1) If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. 

2) If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a key worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

For those pupils attending school, usual catering services will continue, although menu choices may differ.

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 are directed to do so by the Government.

All schools within Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trusty (NPCAT) have detailed plans in place to ensure that your child’s education is disrupted as little as possible while they are unable to attend their usual lessons.

Teachers will continue to set work and maintain communication with students through the school’s electronic platform. As a school, we are using the following means to set work and communicate with pupils.

  • Work is being assigned to pupils on Google Classroom. The instructions are included on our website and pupils have been given passwords.
  • Pupils can also access MyOn with a choice of thousands of books for them to read.
  • Pupils from Year 2 upwards can assess their knowledge of the books they have read through an online quiz on Accelerated Reader.
  • Timestable Rockstars is available for children to continue to practise their tables in a fun and engaging way.
  • Spelling League can be accessed in the same way, allowing children to practise spelling rules.
  • Work packs have also been provided to engage children creatively.
  • We will be providing a suggested daily timetable for your child to follow. Work will be assessed regularly and monitored on a daily basis.
  • If pupils require help with the work set, they can contact their teacher using the private message feature on Google Classroom.
  • If your child forgets a password or experiences difficulties logging in, please contact school on support@corpus.npcat.org.uk

As children are transitioning to learning at home, their internet safety must be monitored very closely.

We will provide printed work for those children who do not have access to the internet.

Please keep up to date with all new information on our social media channels and website.

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.

We understand that parents and pupils who were due to sit examinations this summer will be particularly concerned about the measures the Government has taken. We will update you when we have more information from the Department for Education about this.

Please continue to monitor our school website corpus.npcat.org.uk, where we will be posting regular updates. (Please don’t put www. in front of the web address). Please be assured that we will provide weekly telephone communication and a dedicated teacher will be in touch with you in addition to the online learning resources and distance learning being delivered by your school.

The coronavirus outbreak is an unprecedented situation that is affecting so many aspects of our everyday lives and we know that closing the school will cause considerable difficulties. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to assist you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs C Baker

Headteacher