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Head Teacher Letter 31st March 2020

Published: 02 April 2020

31st March 2020

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I do hope you and your families are all well and coping with the restrictions imposed upon us during these challenging times?

It is vitally important that we all continue to follow the latest Government guidelines in reducing the spread of the Coronavirus. We now have to stay at home, as much as is possible, to reduce the potential for the further spread of illness and the impact this will have on the NHS.

I am writing to remind you that the School will close for the Easter holidays on Friday 3rd April until Monday 20th April, at the very earliest. We have spoken with parents of our children who are key workers and are confident they have been able to make alternative provision for their children during the holidays. During the Easter break we will not set further distance learning work, but will send home, at the end of this week, additional website links, should you wish your child to continue accessing remote learning. We know, however, through the conversations we are having, that there is still significant work available for pupils to undertake on the class tab pages of the website.

In these unpredictable times we are conscious that parents and children may require additional support during the two week break. We want you to be able to contact school for advice, guidance and support, should you need to, throughout the Easter holiday. Please feel welcome to contact the school – note by email only We will be monitoring emails regularly each day.

When the Prime Minister announced the current restrictions, we were informed that they would be initially in place for a three week period, (i.e. up to 13th April). We are expecting, therefore, to receive clarification during the second week of the Easter holiday, as to whether or not we will be able to reopen on Monday April 20th. I will write to inform you as soon as is practicable. The letter will be sent to you by email and will be also posted on our Website and Twitter page.  @StJohnVianneySc.

The Easter break will provide us with some time for reflection. During the most important period of our Catholic calendar we should pray for our School communities and for those who are sick. Equally we should continue to pray for those front line workers who continue to put themselves at risk each day whilst serving others.  We ask Lord, that you stay with us all on our journey.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Moloney