School Closure Letter
URGENT - School Closure
“Inspire, Nurture, Thrive”
(Specialist SEND College – Communication and Interaction)
Headteacher Miss S. Hewitt
18th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to inform you that Culverhill School will be closing at 3.45pm today (18th March 2020) until further notice and to explain the reasons behind the decision to close the school for a period of time.
We have a growing number of staff and pupils who need to self-isolate because either they or someone in their household is showing symptoms of Covid-19 or have complex underlying health issues. We always need to cover staff who are absent and it is becoming increasingly difficult do so. Therefore the health and safety of our pupils is becoming harder to maintain.
Having sought advice from the Local Authority and from up-to-date information on the Department for Education website, the Chair of Governors and I have made the decision to close the school from 3.45pm 18th March 2020 until further notice. We are particularly mindful of the increased risks to our pupils, many of whom have significant health conditions. I appreciate this will have a significant impact on you and your children, however I hope you will understand that we are acting on the advice provided by health authorities, in the interests of our pupils, staff and families.
We are planning to re-open the school as soon as we have sufficient staff available, a deep clean has been performed and Public Health advice is that we are safe to do so. The local authority has advised that there is no need for anyone who has been in the school and had direct or indirect contact with pupils or staff to isolate themselves and their families unless they develop symptoms. However, a reduction of all but necessary social contact is strongly recommended. You can find full details of the government’s proposed measures and what they mean for you family at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 . Anyone who develops the symptoms of a new persistent cough and / or a temperature of 37.8 degrees should be isolated for 14 days, along with any members of their household.
During the school closure we will keep you updated of actions by text and on the website. You can contact the Senior Leadership Team and Admin office Team team using the email address email@example.com Class teachers will be sending out copies of learning packs we have put together for the pupils, including activities on SeeSaw which you can do with them at home.
Should you have any further questions or queries, I would like to signpost you to the council’s website where you can find links to all the latest NHS and government information and guidelines: www.southglos.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Thank you for your continued support at this unprecedented time. I wish you all the best and hope that you are able to keep safe and well.
Very best wishes,