Dear parents/carers,

Re: Coronavirus update – partial school closure

Due to a high increase in coronavirus cases in our local area, I’m now writing to let you know that we’ve been instructed by the government to partially close the school from 5th January until further notice.

We’ll only be able to stay open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will need to continue their learning from home until the restrictions are lifted.

We’ll let you know as soon as the government instructs our school to reopen by letter, text message and the school website.

Remote education
You can find details of our plans for remote learning at https://www.riseparkprimaryschool.co.uk/key-information/policies/ Your child will be able to access Showbie tomorrow morning where the teachers will be setting work online. If your child does not have their Showbie code then please call the office on 0115 9153775 and we will help you to log on.

Free school meals
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll continue to receive these while at home. We will provide meal vouchers for this via text message.

Breakfast Club
Breakfast club will continue for the Key Worker and Vulnerable children if needed.

A reminder of the definitions of ‘vulnerable children’ and ‘critical workers’
Vulnerable children are those who:

Have a child in need plan or child protection plan
Are looked after by the local authority
Have an education, health and care (EHC) plan and have been determined, following risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met at school

Have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by the school or LA, including children who are:
• On the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services
• Adopted
• At risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
• Living in temporary accommodation
• Young carers

Critical workers are those who work in:
Health and social care
Education and childcare
Key public services (including the justice system, religious staff, charities delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting)
Local and national government who are involved in delivering the coronavirus response or essential public services
Food and other necessary goods
Public safety and national security
Transport
Utilities, communication and financial services

Most families will already know if they have been allocated a school place during this period because they fall into one of the categories above. If you haven’t already, please let us know if your family has had a change in circumstance which means you or your child now fall into these categories.

If you are a critical worker please send your child to school tomorrow and you will be given a form to complete at the end of the day to confirm your employment status.

This is as much as we know right now, and we appreciate your continued patience while we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and that it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by e-mailing admin@risepark.nottingham.sch.uk.

Thank you again for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Kelly
Headteacher

Happy New Year to you all.

You may be aware that the teaching unions and support staff unions have advised their members to not return to school, as due to cases rising both locally and nationallythey do not feel that schools are safe.

With that in mind, I have received notification this afternoon that some members of staff will not be returning to school tomorrow. Therefore, children in Dominican Republic, Nursery and Spain on Thursday and Friday will not be able to return.

However, if you are a key worker or your child has additional needs and they are in Dominican Republic, they will be allowed to attend school and they will come to school tomorrow as normal. Similarly, if you are a keyworker or your child has additional needs in Nursery, they may attend nursery when it opens on Tuesday.

ALL THE OTHER CLASSES WILL STAY OPEN AS NORMAL

Remote learning on Showbie will be set up tomorrow for Dominican Republic, Nursery and Spain on Thursday and Friday. If your child does not know his or her Showbie code please contact the school office.

I apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and I will continue to communicate with you when I receive any further guidance. If you have any further questions at all today please do not hesitate to email admin@risepark.nottingham.sch.uk

I cannot thank you enough for your continued support at this very difficult time in education.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or questions at all.

Mrs Kelly