Coronavirus letter – 20/03

20th March 2020


Dear Parents / Carers,

We now have some clearer guidance on who is considered a key worker (info at foot of page), and thank you to all those parents who have contacted school to say their occupation is on that list. We now have a better idea of the number of children who are able to access school next week.

It is worth emphasising Government advice that ‘the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.’ For the protection of the staff and children, please do not send your child to school if they are unwell and please inform school if you are taking the decision not to send them.

The school day will run the same as this week, school gates will open at 8.45am for children to come into school, and the school day will end at the usual time. The current plan is to put different classes together but aiming to keep numbers in a group as low as possible, around 20, to ensure that we respond to advice on social distancing.

A school dinner can still be provided for those who would like one or children can bring their own packed lunch. Children should still come to school in school uniform.

For those children in receipt of free school dinners, but who do not have a parent on the key workers list, a ‘Grab Bag’ packed lunch will be available to collect from outside the school office from 10.30 each day. This cannot be eaten on school premises and must be taken away.

Packs of work for all children will be sent home at the end of the day (Fri 20th March). Parents of children who are absent today can collect a pack from outside the school office next Monday afternoon (23rd March) between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

I very much hope that we shall have our whole school back together as soon as possible. In the meantime, we shall do our very best for the children who are in school next week but, repeating Government advice, that ‘If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.’

My huge thanks to all staff at East Ayton for their commitment and support during this extremely challenging week; to our wonderful children who have shown tremendous resilience and perseverance, and to their parents for their patience and understanding. Please keep yourselves safe and well.

Yours sincerely,
Mr D. Johnson, Headteacher

Are you a Keyworker?


Dear Parents,

Following new advice and guidelines please see the following link:

Please contact school immediately if you fall in to these categories to enable school to plan for the coming weeks.

Thank you.

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