Returning to school – Social Distancing Surlingham

COMPASS Newsletter 6


Dear Parent / Carer

Important information regarding pupil attendance – from Monday 23 March 2020

Firstly, thank you for the very supportive approach that you have taken during these exceptionally challenging times. As I have made clear, Surlingham andRockland St Mary will remain at the heart of our community. Whilst we are formally closed from Monday 23 March onwards, we will continue to support your child, both academically and pastorally. More detailed information will continue to be sent to you in support of this.

Special opening from Monday 23 March for the children of key workers

Key workers

At midnight, the government published a list of those parent / carers who are entitled to send their child to school. The link below provides specific details.

We are grateful to all of these key workers who are looking after us all. In return, my superb colleagues are also going to ‘step up to the plate’ and provide provision for your child / children for as long as we reasonably can. It is critical to note, however, that this provision should only be taken up if there are no other alternatives (see guidance). In the best interests of your child and my colleagues, we wish to minimise risk and pupils should only attend where it is absolutely essential.

Should you wish to take up this provision, please contact us urgently (and ideally before 2pm this Friday) at school Please note too that this provision should not be used as a ‘drop-in service’. We will always be flexible and supportive but I am sure you will appreciate that we need to manage provision very carefully. The school will be open between 8.45am-3.15pm

We request that you provide formal identification of your key worker role and confirmation from you that you have checked with your employer that your role is critical to the continuation of the public service. Identification could be in the form of a photocopy of your current ID badge or similar.

Concluding Points

As noted above, shortly we will be in touch regarding a range of other important pieces of information. We are especially mindful of those families that are entitled to Free School Meals support and arrangements are being put in place to help such families.

As I continue to make clear, Surlingham and Rockland St Mary will be closed to the majority of pupils but we are in no way closed in terms of our ongoing care, support and kindness.

With Best Wishes

Mrs J. Humphrey

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