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School Closure March 20th 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following on from the announcement by the Government, I am writing to confirm that school will close at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice. During the period of closure we will be continuing to support our families in a number of ways.

Firstly, we will ensure that there is, if required, provision in school for the children of key workers as defined by the UK Government (such as, NHS staff). If you believe you fall into one of the identified categories which can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

and have no other support networks to call upon to help, and believe you absolutely need to send your child into school please notify us. This can be done by either ringing the school office on 0113 5351000 or emailing office@shakespeareleeds.org.uk. In order to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus, we are expected to meet strict social distancing guidelines so we will have only a few staff providing care for those identified children.

All other children must stay at home and must not be sent to school from Monday 23rd March 2020 onwards unless school has directly confirmed a place for them. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in school, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

During closure we will be maintaining contact with vulnerable children and families by phone or via the online platform of DB Primary. If however, you need to contact a member of the pastoral team please email Miss Lisa Smith at office@shakespeareleeds.org.uk

If you are entitled to receive free school meals a packed lunch will be available to collect from school throughout the closure period. Details of this will be sent out by text and shared on the school website.

Whilst your child is at home teachers will be providing learning opportunities which can be accessed through DB Primary and our website. Each class has a specially designed page put together by their class teacher with updated tasks and activities to keep children’s bodies and brains active whilst they are learning at home. We will continue to update the Information for Parents: Covid-19 webpage with as much new and relevant information as it becomes available.

In this fast changing environment I am proud that we have been able to keep the school open for as long as possible. Whilst we will deeply miss our day to day contact with our Shakespeare families and children, we are already looking forward to the time when we can all be together in school again. Until then, a huge thank you for your ongoing support and best wishes from all the staff.

Mr Gorton

Head Teacher

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