School Closure letter to parents

RE: School closure due to coronavirus

Dear Parents and Carers,

The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been classified as a pandemic and the number of confirmed cases in the UK has risen in recent weeks. The decision to close schools has been taken by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, and therefore we will be closing on Friday 20th March as instructed.

Further information on provision available to specific groups of children will be provided as soon as possible. We will be offering school provision for children of ‘key workers’. I have heard that both parents have to be key workers but this has not been confirmed. We have not had further advice with a definitive list of key workers apart from what was given last night. We should receive this later today. If you think that this applies to you, please get in touch by email headteacher@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk or by phone 01298 871282. If you are unsure, let us know your occupation and we will check your eligibility once we get the key worker list.

We will keep you informed of any developments via text message, including any proposed re-opening date. Please make sure you have provided your current contact details to the school office to ensure you receive our correspondence. If you need to provide new contact details, they can be sent via email to enquiries@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk or headteacher@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk or given over the phone using 01298 871282.

Educational arrangements

To reduce the closure’s effect on pupils’ education, we have prepared alternative work provisions for pupils to complete at home. Full details will be on the class page for your child on the school website. If you have any IT problems, please contact us. Activities for the children can be accessed from the school website – tideswellprimaryschool.org

Reception (Opal Class)

Activities will be uploaded weekly to the class web page on the school’s website (Tideswell Primary. These will be fun activities in the early year areas of learning which you can do with your child. Reading books will be sent home plus other games the children can play. Ebooks will be allocated to each child which they can read and phonic games are available through the Bug Club website. There will also be a selection of websites the children can access as several educational sites are letting schools and parents access these for free. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mrs Mallender direct on her work email and she will endeavour to get back to you the next working day. Amy.mallender@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk

Emerald Class

Power maths text books and practice books will be sent home once they arrive (due next week) Reading books will be sent home. Phonic books will be available on Bug Club Exercise book for the children to work in with be sent home. Teacher will up load lessons for Maths, English and Topic work daily on to the class page on the school’s website. Exercise books will be sent home for the children to work in. Ebooks will be allocated to each child which they can read and phonic games are available through the Bug Club website. There will also be a selection of websites the children can access as several educational sites are letting schools and parents access these for free. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mrs Clements direct on her work email and she will endeavour to get back to you the next working day. Rosie.clements@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk

Sapphire Class

Power maths text books B and practice books B will be sent home. Power maths Books C will arrive next week and we kindly ask a member of the family to pop up to school to collect them following a text message to confirm they have arrived. Reading books will be sent home. Exercise book for the children to work in will be sent home. Teacher will up load lessons for Maths, English and Topic work daily on to the class page on the school’s website. Exercise books will be sent home for the children to work in. Phonic Ebooks will be allocated to children working through this. They can be read through the Bug Club website. There will also be a selection of websites the children can access, as several educational sites are letting schools and parents access these for free. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr Downings direct on his work email and he will endeavour to get back to you the next working day. Mark.downings@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk

Ruby Class

Power maths text books and practice books will be sent home. Power maths Books C will arrive next week and we kindly ask a member of the family to pop up to school to collect them following a text message to confirm they have arrived. Reading books will be sent home. Revision books and work books Exercise books for the children to work in will be sent home. Teacher will load lessons for Maths, English and Topic work daily on to the class page on the school’s website. Exercise books will be sent home for the children to work in. There will also be a selection of websites the children can access as several educational sites are letting schools and parents access these for free. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr Twelves direct on his work email and he will endeavour to get back to you the next working day. Ben.twelves@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk

Please can all school resources be taken care of. All resources to be returned to school as soon as children are allowed back into school. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. They are happy to support you with these systems.

Please if you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. If a member of staff becomes unwell then we will advise you by text and via the school website. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of our pupils and staff. If you need to contact the school for any reason during this period of closure, you can do so by emailing us at headteacher@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk or enquiries@bishoppursglove.derbyshire.sch.uk Alternatively, you can call us on 01298 871282.

We will continue to keep you informed during the closure and update you with any new information about our re-opening date.

It has been confirmed that children will not take statutory tests this year. This includes the Year 1 phonics check, Year 2 SATs, Year 4 times table check and Year 6 SATs. As parents, this is a very difficult and uncertain time for us all. The whole staff team send our warmest wishes to you. We will continue to keep in touch over the coming days and weeks.

Yours sincerely,

Lynne Kilford Headteacher