20th March 2020
This is to confirm as of today, Friday 20th March we have been instructed to close the school to almost all children. We have made plans to how we can provide for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. The guidance from the government can be found here:
If you wish to read the statement from the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, it can be found here:
So as of Monday 23rd March the school will be open between 9am – 3.30pm for children of families of key workers, who cannot be cared for at home, and children with certain needs. All other children will need to stay at home, so do not send your child into school. Please note that this is a national closure – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can.
Children who do come into school: What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn. At Hope School we are very proud that we are a Community, where staff and families work together to support the learning of the children.
· Staff will set work on Reading Eggs, where you can find many digital books and Mathletics;
· Children who have been issued with published books will continue to be set with work from these;
· Children across the school are encouraged to carry on reading;
· Children will be set work digitally, and items will be sent out via email, and Class dojo.
Free School Meals
Children who receives free school meals, via pupil premium funding, as their families have applied for this additional benefit, will be offered a freshly cooked meal each day at 12 noon. Families who are eligible for this will be sent a separate letter about this and this does not apply to all children in the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes who receive a free school dinner each day.
As we are all aware it is unclear if today is the Pioneer’s, Year 6 children’s, last day at Hope Community School. We have said “Au revoir” but not good bye to them, for as soon as we can we will welcome them back into school, either to carry on learning with us, or to return for a celebration of their time at Hope.
Continue to contact us if you want information or if you think we can help. The best option will be by email, on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0203 3223 2000.
Terry West, the School Chaplain has volunteered to support families who find themselves in need during this period, just contact us if you want some help, or just want someone to talk to.
Class staff can be contacted via the Class dojo system.
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.
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, check for further information at https:www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Thank you again for your continued support we will continue to stay in touch you.