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School Closure Update - Most Recent Letter 30th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – School Closure Update (Easter Break)

We hope you are all staying well and are feeling healthy during this unsettling time.

As you will now be aware the government has closed schools for the foreseeable future, however they have also announced that provision should be made available for the most vulnerable and for children of key/critical workers where necessary during the Easter Break. A full list of critical workers and further information is available here.

The government guidance states:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.   

The school is currently exploring options to partially open during the Easter Break where required, therefore to effectively plan and staff this action we ask the following:

  • If your child can be safely cared for at home they should be, there is no requirement to send your child to school during the Easter Break.
  • If your child is in the high-risk health category they should be cared for at home.
  • If your child or anyone in the household is showing symptoms they should be cared for at home for at least 14 days.
  • If you feel your child would be safer cared for in school during the Easter Break and you wish for them to return please inform us by 12.00 on Wednesday 1st April 2020. Please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk, as matter of priority. We will then undertake the necessary planning to ensure that pupils are able to return to school over the Easter Break safely.
  • We must know in advance if you intend for your child to attend school over the Easter Break and they should return only when we have contacted you to discuss a start date.
  • In all other instances the school remains closed.

The following provision will be provided for all pupils over the Easter Break:

  • Project based tasks will be set in each subject on the school website.  These will be posted this Friday morning.
  • Teachers will continue to call their tutor group each Wednesday.
  • The headteacher or deputy will call any pupils on a child protection/child in need/early help plan each Monday and Thursday.
  • The senior managers are available for contact, please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.  Wishing you all health and happiness.

Yours sincerely

Claire Maynard
Headteacher

 

 

School Closure Update - Previous Letter 23.03.20

Dear Parents and Carers
 
Re: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – School Closure Update
 
We hope all our pupils and their families are remaining healthy, both mentally and physically, during this challenging period.  Please see advice from Hammersmith and Fulham’s Educational Psychology Service (EPS) attached.   Please be advised that unfortunately the school now has several reported, suspected cases.  We ask that all families are extra vigilant and follow the government guidelines, looking out for any possible symptoms.  Should you, your child or anyone in your family develop symptoms and you are concerned please contact NHS 111 to seek advice and let the school know by emailing admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk.
In line with government guidelines and advice, we are in the process of organising supermarket vouchers for all pupils who are eligible and registered for Free School Meals (please note, this does not include those pupils receiving free school meals through our universal free school meals offer).  
 
Later in the week, we will email supermarket e-vouchers totalling £3.00 per day, per pupil, for the period up until the Spring Break.  Please look out for these vouchers.  If we do not have a valid email address for your family please ensure you contact admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk, as a matter of urgency.  Please also contact us if you believe you are eligible for Free School Meals but not yet registered.

 Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any additional support.  Stay safe, look after each other and your families.  

Yours sincerely

Claire Maynard
Headteacher 

 

School Closure Update - Previous Letter 20.03.20

Dear Parents and Carers, 

We hope you are all staying well and are feeling healthy during this unsettling time.  We also hope that your children are coping with the change to their routine impacted by school closure.
 
Please be advised the school now has two suspected, but unconfirmed cases.  We ask that all families are extra vigilant and follow the government guidelines, looking out for any possible symptoms.  Should you, your child or anyone in your family develop symptoms and you are concerned please contact NHS 111 to seek advice and let the school know by emailing: admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk.    


As you will now be aware the government has closed schools for the foreseeable future, however they have also announced that provision should be made available for the most vulnerable and for children of key/critical workers where necessary.  A full list of critical workers and further information is available here.


We are pleased that the government have now provided further guidance on this matter as follows:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educationalprovision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision 

Following clarity of the guidance the school is exploring options to partially open if required, therefore to effectively plan and staff this action we ask the following:

  • If your child can be safely cared for at home they should be, there is no requirement to send your child to school at this time.
  • If your child is in the high-risk health category they should be cared for at home.
  • If your child or anyone in the household is showing symptoms they should be cared for at home for at least 14 days.
  • If you feel your child would be safer in school and you wish for them to return please inform us by 12.00 on Monday 23rd March 2020.  Please email admin@woodlane.lbhf.sch.uk, as matter of priority.  We will then undertake the necessary planning to ensure that pupils are able to return to school safely.  
  • We must know in advance if you intend for your child to return to school and they should return only when we have contacted you to discuss a start date.
  • In all other instances the school remains closed.

 
Our priority is to ensure that pupils and staff are well cared for and are safe.

Tasks will continue to be posted on the school website and calls made home to parents and pupils.  Please look out for these calls, which for most pupils will take place on Wednesday each week by their tutor. 
 
We will always do our best to offer guidance and support where required, if you are struggling in any way, require guidance or food vouchers etc. please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help. Ensure you look at the  Stay safe, look after each other and your families. 

Yours sincerely
 
Claire Maynard
Headteacher

 

 

Additional information is available on this section of the school website, including:

Please look carefully at the information in these sections and contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

If you wish to download any of our letters from this period of closure, they are downloadable below.