Thank you for your ongoing support. To follow from my update yesterday, a reminder that we have been instructed to close for nearly all pupils as of today.

We now have guidance from the Government – full information 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#critical-workers

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. 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.

So that we can arrange suitable provision for this, please complete the form that has been sent via Parentmail.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. If you have a child who is considered vulnerable then you will have been contacted directly via the telephone by either ourselves or your Social Worker.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

For those attending:

Normal school buses will run but may be up to five minutes later than normal.

Students do not need to wear school uniform.

The school day will be 08:40 to 15:30.

Learning will continue as normal for all students, as per the Remote Learning Strategy sent yesterday. Students will be expected to work during the normal school day i.e. 4 lessons per day of 75 minutes of subject-based learning. There will be NO additional homework, and students should contact their teacher via email if they have any issues. We need to be as flexible as possible and I thank you for your help with this.

If there are any pastoral or safeguarding concerns please email compass@fracademy.org

School dinners will be available as usual. For those students who are eligible for Free School Meals and not attending, packed lunches will be available to be collected from reception after 12.00 each school day. If you are not able to get in, please contact the school.

There will most likely be new information that is released today by the Government, and if this is the case then I will send out an update.

Thank you once again for the support in these unprecedented times. Stay Safe.

Ben Eddy

Acting Headteacher

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