Coronavirus update 10 March 22nd 2020

Dear Parents

It was with great sadness we said goodbye to the children on Friday, not knowing when we would see them again. Everyone here has worked exceptionally hard to keep things as normal as possible for the children and to support them at this time.

Thank you to those parents who gave a note, a card or an email or just said thank you. It means a lot to us. It has been a challenging time for all of us.

Both schools are now closed to pupils and parents. Do not come to the schools unless you have to collect something. Please ring in advance and we will let you know where you can collect it from as we do not want people on the school premises as we are not open to the pupils or parents at this time as set out by the Government.. You need to ring the Junior office for all queries. 01362 694919

The safest place for your child is at home. We know it is a challenging prospect to have your child at home for such a long period of time, but we cannot stop the spread of this virus if we allow them out to see friends or to the park. Please keep your child in and keep them safe.

Learning activities are on the website.

We also now have a twitter account where we will post vital information, such as new learning sites, health information etc. Just search @Toftwood federation. Let’s try and get the followers up. Please remember we are updating this as well as all the other things we are trying to deal with as a support for you. Any malicious, unkind or just unhelpful messages will be deleted and those followers blocked. At this time, more than ever, follow our PATHS golden rule of treat others as you would like to be treated. BE KIND!

Government advice is clear – stay home and do not go out. Do not mix with others. If a child has an underlying health condition such as asthma it is clear they should not mix with others.

If your child has an underlying health condition such as severe asthma the advice is to avoid all contact for 12 weeks. Children are safest at home. Keep everyone safe. Keep them away from school even if they have an EHCP or you have a key worker space.

If you have a key worker space you will have been notified. If you did not, your child cannot attend. We are trying to keep the numbers to a minimum to protect the spread. the more children there are, the more likely it will spread and we will not be able to offer that provision at all. We are trying to protect key frontline staff, such as NHS staff, in order for them to be able to go to work. If staff have to self isolate or are unwell, we cannot open the provision, and then those staff cannot work. You or a member of your family may need them if you become ill, it is literally a matter of life and death.

Protect everyone, protect your family, protect the community, protect the NHS and other frontline staff. Continue to wash your hands regularly and self isolate for 14 days.

Our thoughts are with you and your families. May we all stay safe and well and look after each other.

Keep an eye to the website, twitter and your email for further updates.

Take care and be kind to each other.

Joanna Pedlow