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Headteacher's message to families 21.04.2020

Dear Blackmarston family,


I am writing to follow up the calls and e-mail messages that we shared over the Easter holidays, which were part of our efforts to stay in touch with everyone and to keep you updated about what is going on at school.


The national message remains: Stay Home: Protect the NHS: Save Lives


Our school staff are either working from home and / or on a limited rota, coming into school to work with key worker children to allow their  parents/carers to do the many front-line jobs that maintain the country whilst the lockdown is in place. The lockdown protects you and the staff at the school and so we are limiting access to these children and a very small number of families who need short term support with child care and who have been risk-assessed as requiring our help. This is not available to all families and it is clear from our conversations with the vast majority of families that they do not wish to return their child to school until it is absolutely safe for them and the staff, to do so. The school, working with families, Social Care and any other support agencies that are working with a family, will review whether their needs indicate that a temporary, part-time placement might support the family at a time of crisis but for the vast majority of families, a return to school will not be appropriate or available until the Government sets out its policy for re-opening schools.


I want everyone to understand that I simply don’t know when this will be over, the Local Authority doesn’t know and neither does the Government. That makes it hard for us to plan for coming out of lockdown and even harder to answer lots of the questions you want to ask us – I am afraid that, as a consequence, you will have to trust that as soon as I know anything, I will share it with you and will explain what that means for the children, your families and our staff.


We will stay in touch with you, either by calling or e-mailing regularly, but if you need to contact us, then please use the e-mail address if at all possible, as the school phones will only be manned from 8.30am-3.30pm, Monday to Friday.


Stay safe and know that we will share any information, as it becomes available, via the school website, and our Twitter page @Blackmarstonsc1


Take care, Mike