School Closure - Coronavirus Update
Our Poem – The Rainbow Children (The children of Team Central) by the staff of Wath Central Primary School.
Wath Central Primary School will be closed to the majority of pupils from the end of the day on Friday 20th March for the foreseeable future in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The closure of the school, although not taken lightly, has been made with clear plans to ensure remote learning and safeguarding procedures can continue at the highest standard. Our amended safeguarding policy can be found here and our remote learning advice can be found here.
The Government has stated that “The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government have asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible and schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.” This includes children of front-line staff, if they can be kept at home safely. A list of keyworkers can be found on the link above.
In line with this statement, we will remain open with reduced staffing in order to provide support for children of front-line staff who cannot be looked after safely at home (as defined by the Government guidance) and children with additional needs (children with EHCP, LAC children and children who have a social worker).
Children who do not fall into this category will not attend school. It is essential that we work together to ensure that if our school is to remain open for child care purposes, it is only for the most urgent and vital need.
As a school, we are already working with a reduced workforce and this will more than likely continue to decrease.
The Government also advises that “Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.”
For children staying at home, we have already shared with you a clear plan about expectations for the completion of tasks. Please see below information on remote learning.
And finally . . . a huge thank you to all our families for your support and the commitment you have given to your child’s education. We are also extremely grateful for the kindness, support and understanding that you have shown to us during this difficult time.
I know that by working together as a school family, we will get through this difficult time and I look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible. Until then, we all send our very best wishes for the coming weeks ahead.
#Together we can.