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School Closure - January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I apologise that I am writing to you at such short notice, especially as term was supposed to start today. Due to unforeseen circumstances the school has experienced a significant reduction in staffing levels, which has required us to revisit our risk assessment.

 

Following an emergency meeting this morning, we regret to inform you that the school will only be open for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils from tomorrow.

 

This difficult decision has not been taken lightly and we understand the impact this will have on your families. This phased return to school will include on-site provision from Tuesday 5th January for all vulnerable children (those with EHCPs or with a social worker) and the children of critical workers. The Government has stated that “if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision”. If you are able to keep your child at home, then please do so. The list of Critical Workers includes: Health and Social Care, Education and Childcare, Key public services, Local and National government, Food and other necessary goods, Public safety and national security, Transport and Utilities, communication and financial services.

 

A comprehensive list of critical workers can be found by clicking on the following link: Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Breakfast and after school club will continue to run for those children attending school and you can book a place through the usual school system.

 

For those children at home, we will follow our remote learning policy and communicate learning at home that mirrors that at school using Tapestry in Nursery and YR and DB Primary in Y1 to Y6.

 

If your child is vulnerable or you believe that you fall into the category of a ‘critical worker’ and would like your child/children to access the school for their education please email school at office@northgate.w-sussex.sch.uk with your details (child’s name, year group and your occupation).

 

Please do not call the school with these details so we have written confirmation of your requirements.

 

Please be assured we will continue to do everything we can to safeguard the health of your child and every member of the school community. Our risk assessment will be reviewed on a weekly basis and any changes will be communicated to you on a Friday.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

 

Warm regards,

Amanda Harrison, Head Teacher

Sarah James, Chair of Governors

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