School Closure Letter

2nd April 2020

Thursday 19th March 2020
Government Enforced Closure

You will be aware that the Prime Minister and Education Secretary announced yesterday that tomorrow will be the last full ‘normal’ day of school. Schools will close indefinitely from Friday 20th March 2020 for MOST children. Schools are to remain open for children whose parents are identified as ‘key workers’. The government will make an announcement later today to identify precisely which groups of workers this will be. However, we do know that the following groups have been identified:
• NHS workers
• Police
• Teachers
• Critical national infrastructure roles such as delivery drivers
While we wait to hear the exact identification of roles, we would like to take a proactive approach and begin to identify those pupils whose parents are classed as ‘key workers’ and are likely to need to continue attending school. If you believe you fall into one of these groups please contact the school office (0191 2570323) by Friday lunchtime or email keyworkerschristchurch@outlook.com, so we can be prepared for next week.
We will be working with our vulnerable families and social workers to identify those children who would need to continue accessing school.
We have a list of our pupils who currently have an EHCP and are expecting those children to continue accessing school.
With the deepest regret, only those children that fall into the categories identified by the government will be able to attend school. We ask for your understanding and consideration of this.
We will continue to update parents via email and will ensure our website remains a helpful tool to support online learning. Our office email will remain active for any queries.
We are working with the local authority to support children eligible for free school meals, and we will inform you how this will be organised by Friday.
This is understandably going to cause many anxieties for families, and we hope that we will be able to continue to support you wherever possible. We will continue to keep you informed with any new information as we receive it, in what are incredibly difficult and uncertain times.
Whilst we are unable to open for all pupils we would really like to be able to assist you as much as we can. I have outlined below about how we will communicate with you and what work our teachers have set for the next two weeks leading up to and during the Easter holidays. We are still unclear about how long the closure will last therefore we will continue to update information as much as we possibly can. Please keep this letter somewhere safe so that you can refer back to it!

What work will be set for my child?
At Christ Church, the teachers are setting home learning using our existing technology systems that the children use for their weekly homework, with a mixture of ‘paper’ activities. If you would like paper copies of work or any stationary for the children to complete their work please just pop into the office and we can assist.
Online Learning All children have received individual passwords for all of our computer based resources, our website has links to all of the websites as well as the link for you to download from an app store. The children all know how to use these programs and have had extra training with them this week. In this initial phase, the teachers will set work for the final two weeks of term, and we have signposted you to many extra activities, which you can complete in addition, should you wish to do so. 1. MyMaths – work will be set linked to the next two topics in our scheme of work. Please remind your child that each homework activity is linked to a set of lessons, so that if they need help, they can access it independently. If you would like to extend your child’s learning, they can access any other lessons once they have logged in. 2. Times Table Rockstars – This can be accessed anytime. The teachers will set the relevant times tables for your child to practise. 3. PurpleMash – teachers will set up some English activities to complete. Children can then complete extra activities on their own if they wished to extend their learning. What can I do if they complete the work that is set? • Online educational publishers, Twinkl, have offered parents free access to all its resources for a month to support continued learning at home. All you need to do is enter UKTWINKLHELPS to get started. • Parents should be able to access free Home Learning Packs for each primary year group. Each pack contains resources to help with distance learning: o EYFS