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School Closure due to COVID-19

19th March 2020


Dear Parents and Carers


Re: The Government decision to close all academies and schools from Friday 20th March


The government has announced that all academies, schools and early years settings will be closed to everyone except for children of key workers* and vulnerable children** from Monday 23rd March as part of the country’s ongoing response to the coronavirus.


We as an academy will do our very best to fulfil the government’s directive and so will remain open to provide the necessary care for these government identified groups as long as we have enough staff to safely maintain this.


If you feel that you are one of the key workers, please contact the academy office immediately so that we can ensure that we can plan to maintain staff numbers.


We as an academy recognise that for all other groups it is vitally important that the children can continue with their learning at home while the academy is closed.


To enable the children to do so we will do our best to try and provide a broad balance of work which will include online learning and traditional topic/research type work.


The academy will use existing computer programmes and resources that the children are familiar with to complete some of the work for which they already have logins:


Purple Mash
Times Tables Rock Stars KS2
Numbots Year 2
My Maths KS2
Bug Club Reader EYFS KS1

 

The work will be set at 10:00a.m and the expectation is that if it requires submitting to the teacher this must be done by 4:00p.m. the same day.  If the work is not submitted on time it will not be marked.

The teachers will set the work on the academy website:

 

www.st-simon.kent.sch.uk/topic/class-pages.

 

Using the class pages, teachers will be able to direct children to the work that needs to be done.

If you have any questions or queries you would like to pass onto class teachers we have set up an email which will be monitored regularly during the period of closure:

 

home.learner@st-simon.kent.sch.uk

 

All of this will not replace what the children normally do when able to attend but should enable the children to continue some of their learning during the period of closure.

Let us all hope and pray that things will soon return to normal.

 

Best wishes

 

Peter McCabe Headteacher

*Key workers are identified as those who work for: The NHS, Police, Fire Service, Armed Forces, Care Workers and Food delivery drivers.
** Vulnerable children are those who have an Educational Health Care Plan or who are entitled to Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

School Closure Letter from Clive Webster C.E.O KCSP

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