School Closure Letter, update 20-03-2020

20 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Front-line Workers and vulnerable students
Further to the letter I sent yesterday, we would like to clarify arrangements for those students for which school will remain open:

• Students whose parents are Front-line workers. The Government has said these include NHS staff, the police, supermarket employees, teachers, delivery drivers, transport workers,
social workers and care staff. The full list of Front-line staff is available at www.gov.uk

• Those classed as what the Secretary of State described as “vulnerable children”. These could be those who have a social worker and those with EHCPs

For students in these groups, we have also been asked to try to remain open through the Easter holidays and we will do our best to achieve this.

Students in these categories will attend school at the usual time of 8.40am till 2.45pm unless families are self-isolating. Breakfast facilities will not be served, but break-time snacks and lunch will be available.
Students will need to enter and exit the building through the main reception area rather than the student entrance and sign in and out of school at the start and end of the day.

Students are expected to wear full school uniform and bring their usual equipment so that they are ready for learning. Students will be following a timetable for their learning, but after-school activities will not be taking place.

Arrangements for students eligible for Free School Meals
Although school will be closed to students except for those listed above, we have made arrangements to provide a meal for those students who are eligible for Free School Meals. For next week, students or families will be able to collect a lunch from the side entrance of the school at the Lunch Collection Point. These will be available for collection from 10.30am-12.30pm. If your child is entitled to a Free School Meal, but your family is self-isolating, please inform the school on info@thornabyacademy.uk or 01642 763244.

On-Line Safety
Online safety is of vital importance especially when your child may be spending more time online than usual completing school work. Please ensure that all their social media accounts are closely monitored and that they have their security settings set to private. Here is an online link that will help you protect your child whilst they are online. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Although it is not certain when schools will re-open fully to all students, we will keep you informed and updated. Please check the school website regularly. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@thornabyacademy.uk or 01642 763244.

Yours faithfully,

D Butcher
Principal

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