23rd March 2020

Re: Closure of Schools due to Coronavirus

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to thank you all for your patience at this difficult time.

As I am sure you heard yesterday the Chief Minister ordered the closure of most schools for most pupils on the Isle of Man from the end of school today. At the moment, we do not know when schools will reopen. We know that parents/carers will seek to keep their children safe by keeping them at home and will follow the Government’s advice. We very much appreciate your support in this and know that, if we all work together, we have the best chance of reducing the spread of Covid-19.

The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children are designated as ‘vulnerable’ or are the children of ‘key workers’ where no other arrangements are available.

It is important to understand that:

• If it is possible for children to stay at home then they should.

• Parents/carers should also do all they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way that could spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

• Many parents who are key workers may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely at home should be.

• The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in educational settings the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

• Parents can choose to keep children away from school without any concern of repercussion

These are challenging times which require us to change the ways that we would usually conduct our daily lives and work. Teachers will be working to ensure that learning resources are available for your children during this time and will maintain contact with all children. Resources are available through the Google platform and Its learning. Information will also be added to our website.

Secondary and primary schools with special need units attached have been asked to stay open with staff to look after our most vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

School catering services are experiencing high staff absence but are intending to provide lunches in school from Tuesday 24th March. There will be restricted choice. Children may prefer to bring in packed lunch. Additional cleaning arrangements will also be put in place.

From Tuesday, the 24th March, children from our school who are identified as vulnerable or whose parents are in the following groups and wish their child to come into school may attend school between 8.50 and 3.30. They should wear clean clothes each day.

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We know this is a worrying time, so please contact the school office if you need any further information or help. We really appreciate your support and hope you will help us in implementing the arrangements above.

Yours sincerely

Sue Moore

Headteacher