Easter Term Dates
Break up 11:30 Friday 3rd April
Students Return Tuesday 21st April
Letter from the Headteacher
Date: 20th March 2020
I am sure that you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday 18th March about general school closures but continuing provision for children of key workers and ‘vulnerable’ children. I’m writing to give you an update on our plans for this, following advice from the Local Authority.
All pupils who attend Education Centres such as The Bridge are regarded as ‘vulnerable’. Mainstream schools will close at the end of the day on Friday 20th March to all pupils who do not fall into the categories described by the Prime Minister however, schools have been asked to provide an emergency service.
Our Emergency Service
At this time the Bridge Education Centre will remain open for the education of all of it’s pupils. Children who attend our setting are considered to be ‘vulnerable’ and therefore in need of continued support. Your child should continue to attend their usual provision unless your personal circumstance dictate they should stay at home or your family has taken the decision to self-isolate due to health conditions.
We are also being asked to run an emergency service for the children of key workers in essential services so that they are able to continue to work. Please check the list of Keyworkers published on our website. At the time of writing this letter a key worker was considered to be one of the following:
· Health care Staff
· Social Care Staff
· Education Staff
· Military Personnel
· Emergency Services
· Council workers needed for essential work
· Drivers delivering essential goods
If you fit into one of the categories above or feel you are a keyworker please let us know for our records by 12pm on Monday 23rd March 2020. Please see our guidance on our website and Facebook page.
As your child attends the Bridge Education centre they are deemed vulnerable and therefore will automatically receive education provision regardless of keyworker status.
If you do not wish your child to attend the school for any of the reasons described please contact us so we can see what other support we can provide your child.
It is vital we all work together to ensure the wellbeing of your children and our staff. If your family or your child display symptoms of Coronavirus you should keep them at home in
isolation. They should not be allowed out in public and if you need support with essentials contact us and we will try to help. The up to date advice around Coronavirus symptoms and treatment are available on our website, The Government’s website and NHS online.
Home to School Transport
The County Council will continue to make home to school transport available to those children that are eligible to receive it. In some instances that might require some changes to be made which may take a little time. We expect further information from the County Council if this is the case.
Transport provided by us will continue as usual until further notice.
For those children who will be at home from Monday morning, there will be on-line resources that will help children continue to learn
· SAM learning Username and password enclosed
· Follow the links on our website to other external sources such as BBC Bitesize.
· For families who are not connected to the internet please call us so we can send materials to your home. · Our website is
· See also our Facebook page.
The BBC has said that it will be increasing the range of its resources to support children’s education.
I’d like to thank you all for your support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that I will continue to update you as the situation changes and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the children at our school.
Mr C Bayliss
Consent forms for off-site visits and Active participation are provided to all new students and are required to be filled out and sent back. Please ensure that these are returned, otherwise pupils may be restricted from taking part in activities.
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