19 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
As I am sure you are already aware, a statement was made yesterday afternoon by the Prime Minister regarding school closures starting from this weekend across England. This decision has been taken by the government to try and control the spread of the Coronavirus. The Prime Minister also announced that from Monday, where possible, schools will stay open in a limited capacity to offer support to those children considered to be more vulnerable and to the children of key workers.
We understand that this is difficult news for us all. I want to reassure you that our support for you and your children will not stop on Friday. We are committed to providing support to all our students, whether the academy is forced to close or not.
For those of our students who will be required to stay at home, we will provide a package of learning and wellbeing support from the start of next week. We will be able to share details of this with parents/ carers and students later tomorrow.
For those students who are identified by the Department for Education as vulnerable, those who have an EHCP and those whose parents/ carers are key workers, we will ensure that the academy remains open during term time and the Easter holiday. We are waiting to receive more instructions from the Department for Education before we can confirm details of the hours the academy will be open for these students, starting from Monday 23 March. Parents/carers and students will receive a clear and detailed plan/ timetable from me later tomorrow.
Many of you have already been in touch with us to explain if you are key workers and have let us know if you will need ongoing support. If you have not already done so, please could you call the academy office (T: 01708 478892) today to let us know if you are a key worker. The government has not confirmed who qualifies as a key worker as yet but we believe this to be anyone who works for the NHS (doctors, nurses, admin, drivers, porters, cleaners etc.), social workers, teachers and nursery workers, police officers, ambulance service workers, those who work in food distribution and food delivery drivers.
I can confirm that our academy will be open as normal tomorrow (Friday) to all students who are well and able to attend.
We are working hard to finalise plans for next week and I will be in touch again very soon with more definite details for all our parents, carers and students.
As always, we will continue to do all we can to support our students and staff at this very difficult time and I want to thank you for your support.
Headteacher, Olive AP Academy – Havering