All Saints' will be closed until 18th January 2021
Please find below all announcements the School have made regarding the closure of All Saints' until 18th January 2021, following the government announcement that all Merton Schools needed to close. It includes available provision for key worker and vulnerable children.
Mrs Filsell's Announcement Regarding All Saints' Closure until 18th January 2021
I hope that you and your families are all safe and well.
As many of you may well be aware, this evening the government have announced that some primary schools will now NOT return for face to face education for all pupils from Monday 4th January as planned. At the present time, this delay on a return for all pupils is in place until Monday 18th January.
Schools in Merton have been directed to implement what the government are calling its 'contingency framework' from Monday 4th January. This means that only pupils of critical/key workers and vulnerable pupils will be able to attend school for face to face learning. Therefore we will only be open to pupils of the above categories from Monday 4th January.
School have received this information at the same time as the general public with no prior warning.
This announcement clearly has significant impact for schools in regards to making all necessary arrangements in a very limited amount of time.
Tomorrow we will begin the process of communicating with parents/carers and gathering details of pupils eligible to attend school under the categories as listed above and will send further communications to yourselves regarding arrangements for Monday 4th January.
I appreciate that this is not the news that any of us expected and is certainly not the manner in which we anticipated finishing a very different kind of Christmas break. However, I know that we all remain committed to ensuring that the safety and educational well being of all members of our All Saints' community continues to be our priority.
I will be back in touch with you in the coming days.
Mrs Angela Filsell
Further Information about the School Provision available for Key Worker and Vulnerable Children
Further to my email yesterday evening, I write with further details about in school provision from Monday 4th January.
As directed by the government under the contingency framework for schools, All Saints' will only be open to pupils of critical workers and vulnerable children from Monday 4th January.
Linked below is the most up to date list of those pupils who would qualify to attend school under those categories.
With no notice of the intention of the government to close face to face provision to all other pupils, we need to act swiftly to organise how in school provision can be made for those pupils entitled to attend whilst continuing to support remote learning and with some staff self -isolating.
Please note the following:
*It is not mandatory that children of critical/key workers attend in school provision. If these pupils can be supported to learn remotely at home then they should do so.
*All vulnerable pupils (please see link as above) should attend school. If your child is a vulnerable child and you do not wish them to attend in school provision you must discuss this with the school (on Monday 4th January).
We will be contacted these families if we do not hear from them.
*We aim for most children to stay with their class teacher and support staff members during this temporary closure. This may change based on whether staff need to isolate but we aim to keep this as consistent as we can. Staggered start and finishing times remain the same as before Christmas to ensure the safety of those children and adults on site. Children attending school will enter and exit via their usual routes.
*All pupils who are learning remotely will access learning daily via the remote learning offer. For Early Years, this is via Tapestry and for the rest of the school available on Google Classroom. We aim for the first day's learning to uploaded by 9am Monday 4th January and the work must be submitted daily as instructed by class teachers. If you have forgotten your log in details, please contact the school using the parent enquiries address: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Nursery and Reception classes (EYFS) will also remain closed except to those categories of children as above. Whilst we are aware that the contingency framework allows wider early years setting to remain open, as part of the primary school, and with many siblings in other year groups, the safety of the community by limiting all number of pupils attending is our priority at this point in time.
*Please note that there will be no wraparound facilities available in this two week period (breakfast and after school clubs).
If you believe that your child is entitled to attend school (as per the categories in the link above) and, having noted the points regarding organisation of in school provision, you wish to request in school provision for your child starting from Monday 4th January, please reply to the form on Parentmail BY 10AM ON SATURDAY 2ND JANUARY AT THE VERY LATEST.
If you have any further questions or queries, please contact me via the parent enquiries email address and either myself, or a member of the senior leadership team will get back to you as soon as we can.
Growing Stronger Together in God's Love
All Saints' Church of England Primary School
Please find a copy of the whole school spring risk assessment below about the school closure from January 2021