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Coronavirus Update 19.03.2020

Dear Parent/Carer,    

 

RE: School closure for most pupils due to coronavirus    

 

Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.    As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.  We are hoping this list will be confirmed by tomorrow.    We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories and you would like to use the childcare facility provided by the school.  Please let us know via e-mail providing your child’s name and class.  We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.    All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.    Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone.  We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by twitter, text message, e-mail and the school website.    What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home 
 
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.  
 
• Keep you and your child updated via our website, twitter and Class Dojo. • Work packs have been 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. 
 
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: 
 
www.twinkl.co.uk/offer 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. 
 
www.3plearning.com/distance-teaching  www.ictgames.com/literacy  www.letters-and-sounds.com  www.topmarks.co.uk  https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/ 
 
  
BBC Bitesize have activities for KS 1 and 2. Number Jacks and PhonicsPlay.co.uk 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! 
 
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.    This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation.  We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.    Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of our pupils and staff.  If you need to contact the school for any reason during this period of closure, you can do so by emailing us at admin@arundale.tameside.sch.uk .  We will continue to keep you informed during the closure and update you with any new information about our re-opening date.  
 
We thank you for your continued support. 
 
Mr P Hartley

Head of School 

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