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Coronavirus school closure from Monday 23rd March

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following on from my last update, I am writing to let you know that I have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all that we can to stay open for the children of key workers, e.g. NHS staff, police, delivery drivers, school staff, others in frontline services, and for children with certain needs.

I am waiting for the government to publish more information on this, but it would help me in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories and which one. Please email the school office info@dormansland.surrey.sch.uk as soon as possible today. I will be in touch again as soon as I am sure who this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so I ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is through our usual communication channels: MarvellousMe, the school website, scopay message, class reps.

Your children’s learning and emotional well-being are paramount. At the end of the day tomorrow, they will be given a pack of resources, including detailed information about how we intend to continue providing an education for them while the school is closed. Please take time to read through this and do contact me directly if you have any queries.

If your child usually receives free school meals, we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government is developing as I type this.

This is as much as I know right now and I appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. I understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your families and that it is far from ideal. As always, I will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

And remember: if you or anyone in your family feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Please care of yourselves and your loved ones,

Sarah Stokes