Claremont School

Thursday 19th March 2020

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

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From 17th March 2020 school will be shut due to the Coronavirus risk

Dear Parents / Carers, 

  • As you are aware there is now guidance requesting schools to open up and offer some activities to their most vulnerable pupils with EHCP's and also do this for those who have key workers as their main carer.
  • For many schools this will be possible from Monday . 
  • However for special schools there are many challenges to overcome to ensure that any child who will be in our care is safe and has the correct level of staffing.
  • We also have to plan with the LA how pupils will get to a daily session, how they will be fed as well as how we will ensure a hygienic environment.
  • As a result of this and following detailed discussions, including the Director of Education, we will be developing our plans over the next few days and only then if we have sufficient staff will we be able to make provision available.  
  • We will not be offering any on site provision next week.  
  • At this point it is unlikely that we will be able to have pupils if they have underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk.    
  • The offer may also be in a different school as we are aiming to co-ordinate this across a number of similar schools and may not be on every day of the week.  
  • Depending on the health of staff then it may also be necessary to cancel sessions at short notice if we cannot safely staff them.
  • I realise this is a difficult message to hear if you are a key worker and desperately want to continue your own vital work, however we hope you understand that we need to keep the health and safety of the whole of the school community at the centre of our planning. We are committed to making provision as soon as we can safely do so.

With Best Wishes

Emma Richards 


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