Thursday, 31 December 2020

URGENT - School Closure 2021

Headteacher: Mrs L Nicholls 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are all well and have enjoyed your Christmas break as best you could. This was certainly a very different Christmas and New Year from the one we usually enjoy with our family and friends.

I am sure that you will have seen last night’s Government briefing where it was announced that some schools within tier 4 would not be returning as expected after the Christmas break. We have received confirmation that all Havering schools will remain closed to most pupils from the 4th January 2021 due to the increasing number of confirmed cases within Havering.

The Government guidance is clear that Primary schools should only allow children of critical workers and those defined as vulnerable to attend. Broadford will be open to these pupils from Monday 4th January. A full list of critical workers is below and we will be contacting pupils identified as vulnerable on Monday.

If any of the categories listed apply to your child or your work is listed as critical to the COVID-19 response, please complete the questionnaire link below by 12-00 pm on Saturday 2nd January to enable us to make further plans in school.

List of Critical Workers 
'Critical Workers' form

From Monday 4th January, the school day will be from 8-30 am until 3-00 pm for all key worker and vulnerable children. Children should come to school in their uniform and school lunches will continue to be available. Once we have an idea of numbers attending we will be able to provide you with information regarding entrance and exits to the school site.

Children who are not returning to school

Children who are not returning to school will be provided with remote learning via Google Classroom. The link can be found via the school website. Online learning will begin on Monday 4th January.

Please email your child’s class teacher via the year group email boxes if you are having any difficulties.

School Meals Any children who are entitled to Free School Meals (this does not include Infant Universal Free School Meals) who will not be attending school during this closure are eligible for a food parcel. Please contact the school office or email to request for this.

This is not the start to the New Year that we had hoped but it is vital we continue to do all we can to keep our school community safe during these challenging times.

At this time, we expect closures to be in place until Friday 15th January with further Government guidance expected before Monday 18th January. We will continue to update you as and when we receive this information.

If you have any questions, please email; we will do our best to support and guide where we can.

Take care and stay safe.
Kind regards,

Mrs L Nicholls

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