March 19th 2020
Dear Parents, carers and students,
You will no doubt be aware of the news announced last night regarding school closures from Friday and the decision to cancel GCSE examinations. I know this will be causing great anxiety for all our families and we will provide more detailed information to you as soon as we receive this.
School will be open tomorrow (Friday 20th March 2020) for Year 10 only as we make plans for the foreseeable future. We have a significant number of staff absent from school for a number of reasons linked to the Coronavirus and are therefore only in a position to safely open for one year group. We are prioritising Year 10 as they are half way through the first year of their GCSE courses and have a significant amount of work to collect from school. We would also like to offer them guidance and support during these very challenging times. This year group may not return to school until Year 11 and we are concerned that they could potentially miss out on months of their education. Our Sport Relief non-uniform day planned for Friday 20th March 2020 has been cancelled.
As you are aware, from Monday 23rd March 2020, we are able to offer support to families where students are potentially ‘vulnerable’ or where you as parents/carers are regarded as ‘key workers’ i.e. NHS staff, parents who work for the emergency services or are involved in other key aspects of work for example making deliveries of key supplies. An exact list will be published by the government later today. It would be most helpful if you could email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you believe your son/daughter will require supervision from Monday 23.03.2020. Please include your child’s name, year group and your job role in the email. We would appreciate a reply no later than 11am on Friday 20th March 2020. This will help with our planning as we outline plans for the supervision of students in school and for providing work for students at home.
We have held assemblies with Year 11 this afternoon to thank them for their hard work and dedication to preparing for their GCSE exams that were due to start in a few weeks’ time. The government has made the decision to cancel these exams. We reassured students that this isn’t the end and we look forward to welcoming them back to Priestnall School in the very near future to say a ‘proper goodbye’, whether that’s through a Prom or Leavers’ event. We are really sad to see them leave. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further support or guidance with your child over the next few months.
I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and kind words parents have sent into school; it has been very much appreciated.
I wish you and your family best wishes and good health for the future and look forward to seeing you soon.