Update 3-4-20


FRIDAY 3RD APRIL

Dear Parents/Carers

On Tuesday 24th March we took the necessary step at that time to close Parkwood Hall. I took this very difficult decision at that time to safeguard our students, staff and families. This is our primary concern and will remain at the heart of any decisions we make in the coming weeks as the situation develops.

It is also important to stress that DFE guidance from 19th and 22nd March still stands:

‘If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.’

‘Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home.’

However, at the time I did explain that we would keep this closure under review.

From our welfare calls to all our families we are aware that some parents who are critical key workers have not been able to access suitable education provision for their child locally. In addition we are being asked by local authorities to risk assess our students, and that a risk assessment will highlight any of those who, for other reasons, are not as safe at home as they would be if they were able to come to school.

It is also clear from our communication with you that in many cases families are showing inspiring levels of resilience. We have all been amazed and heartened by the stories you have shared: sensory circuits set up in gardens, cooking activities, routines established and all the positive interactions between family members in these most challenging times. Please continue to stay safe and be as positive as you can as we all make our way through these challenging times.

LIMITED SCHOOL OPENING

Having considered the situation very carefully with the governors and leadership team, we have decided to have a limited opening of the school starting Monday 20th April for critical key workers and ,following our welfare calls, we will be in touch with those families where risk assessments may highlight safety issues for certain children.

The limited opening will be daytime only 9.15am -3.15pm. It is important to note that we will do our utmost to provide engaging activities for those small number of children that will be attending, but the arrangements we will put in place will clearly be different to the usual school day.

I’m aware most of you will be continuing to keep your child at home. We will continue to stay in touch via email providing resources and SALT and OT support. We will also continue with our weekly welfare calls.

Thank you again for your continued support in these exceptional circumstances.

Anna Mansaray, Principal

CRITICAL KEY WORKERS

I am therefore writing to ask that if you are a critical key worker and absolutely need your child to attend school to reply to this email and provide the information required on the form below.

CRITICAL KEY WORKERS

For households where both parents/carers or single parent work in these critical sectors:

•              NHS

•              Social care

•              Police

•              Transport

•              Food

  •       Education
Pupil details  
Full Name    
Class        
Key Worker 1 details  
Name       
Category                
Workplace             
Name of Manager              
Email/Telephone number of Manager  
Your working hours          
   
Key Worker 2 details  
Name       
Category                
Workplace             
Name of Manager              
Email/Telephone number of Manager   
Your working hours    

Please return your completed form to: contact@parkwoodhall.co.uk