20th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
It is with deep sadness that I am writing to let you know that our school will be closing today until further notice. There is going to be a child care service in place and we have been told that in the first instance this is only available to families where both parents are in front line health, emergency or social care or education. It is absolutely vital that we have as few children as possible using this service or else our capacity to control the spread of infection will be completely lost. We have been told by the Local Authority that the group of families being able to access this care could be broadened if we have capacity to meet the demand and I will let you have further details of this as soon as they emerge.
I know lots of you have had your log-in details for the on-line learning opportunities and we are looking forward to getting started with this on Monday. The teachers will be setting tasks for the children and will be able to respond to direct messages from them or you (within reason!). It is a steep learning curve for all of us and there may well be some hiccups initially but we will do our best to get it right as soon as we can!
Families in receipt of free school meals have been notified and will be able to collect a sandwich bag for children to eat at home for each of their children from the school from Monday onwards. We have a system in place and once we consolidate our system on Monday, hopefully that will remain the same for the rest of the week. After next week, the meals are going to be delivered to a central location in the area and you will need to collect them from that point. We will be able to give you further details about this when you collect your lunches next Friday.
The next few months is going to be really difficult for us all and we do not underestimate how hard it will be for you to have all the children at home for a potentially extended period of time. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need to discuss a particular situation in more detail and remember that you can always get the latest advice on phw.nhs.wales if you want to access further information. The precautions which we have been taking in school over the last week are really important for you to be following at home too.
I cannot stress enough the importance of :
None of us have never experienced anything like this and we will do our very best to support you as best we can over the coming months. Please do your best to follow all the public health advice given to keep you and your family safe and we hope to be up and running again as soon as we possibly can.
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic
O Mary, You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the sick, who at the cross shared the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm. You, know what we need and we are sure that you will ensure that, as in Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration can return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus will tell us, who took our sufferings upon himself and took upon himself our pains to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection.
Take care and stay safe,