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Coronavirus Update 17.03.2020

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer


Information re Coronavirus 


The Government’s guidance on the coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus and information and guidance is changing daily. We’re getting in touch again to let you know what we’re doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help make sure our school community keeps safe and calm.


We’d like to reassure you that at Arundale we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Government and Tameside Local Authority.


What’s the current situation?


  • The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given
  • Before and After School Clubs remain as normal.
  • Pupils should attend school unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms, they should now remain at home for 14 days:

 • a new, continuous cough and/or

 • a high temperature of 37.8 degrees or more


Entire households should self-isolate for 14 days if one person has been showing symptoms of the coronavirus.


If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by telephoning the school office.


Last night, the Government announced that we need to stop all ‘non-essential’ social contact with others. Therefore, the following will apply:


  • Friday celebration assemblies will cease until further notice.
  • Year 4 swimming lessons are cancelled until further notice.
  • The Easter assembly and Easter discos will not go ahead.
  • Class trips will not be going ahead.
  • Parents evening is postponed.


We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation and planned activities that are still going ahead, as quickly as we possibly can. However, this is proving extremely difficult as advice is changing by the day. We know these are unprecedented times that we find ourselves in and positive communication from school will be really helpful and hopefully appreciated by you all.


What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff


  • In school pupils are still being encouraged to wash hands regularly.
  • If any pupil feels unwell whilst in school we will contact you on the numbers you have provided.
  • Regular cleaning of communal areas.
  • Staggered lunch time so fewer children are in the hall at the same time.

What we need you to do


  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children -
  • Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough)
  • Check that your child has access to our school website and Class Dojo from home, (so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point)


What happens if the school has to close?


We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so, or we don’t have enough staff to run the school safely. In either case, we will:


  • Alert all parents/carers via text message, our website and twitter if the school has to close.
  • Work packs will be sent home with each child.
  • Work will be set via year group pages on the website and through Class Dojo
  • When it is safe to reopen, we will alert parents/carers via text message, our website and twitter.
  • Work will only be provided remotely if school closes.


A number of sites have contacted school to say they are offering free resources for home learning during the current climate. They are as follows: and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS


Children in KS 1 and 2 have a login for Times Tables Rock Stars. If your child needs theirs and they are not in school please contact school.


BBC Bitesize have activities for KS 1 and 2.

Number Jacks and for Nursery and Reception.

All children have spelling lists to learn and times table and division facts to learn.

On the school website, we have a list of books for children to read.

Reading and times table practice can never be underestimated!


Please keep in mind that we’re only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.


We thank you for your continued support.


Mr P Hartley

Head of School