Latest Information Regarding School Closures

Government Announce School Closures from Friday 20th March, until further notice.

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been
instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers
(e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. This will run
according to normal school hours (8.45 – 3:00).

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would
help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these
categories. There is a form available on the website. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are
sure who this does apply to.

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

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’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you
know when this is by text and notices on the website.

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.
Every child will be given a pack of learning for the first 2 weeks.

After the Easter holidays we will be posting work on the school website, class pages. We
will send Tapestry notifications when work is available.

We anticipate the school will be open throughout this period and the Head will be available
to ring or email.

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.

What we won’t be able to go ahead with

School trips
Breakfast or after-school clubs
Events
SATs tests, Times Table Testing or Phonics Screening

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience 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.

If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via email or
phone.
head@slimbridge.gloucs.sch.uk
01453 890216

And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use
NHS 111 online.

If your children are worried about the virus and not seeing loved ones, there are some very useful
resources available on the internet:
https://facts4life.org/.
https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk
https://time.com/5776857/how-to-talk-to-kids-coronavirus/

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when
we can.

Regards
Alison Cooke