School Closure

We hope everyone is keeping well and adhering to all the Government guidelines. It was lovely to hear stories about the 8pm applause for the NHS workers last night.

We are very relieved and grateful that parents have followed the key principles in making their decision about accessing our emergency provision at this difficult time. Take-up has been low, and this is vitally important to protect the health of the children, their key worker parents and school staff.

We are now moving into Phase 2 of schools’ closure – the Easter Holidays.

In order to support our school community we have agreed to open over the school holidays for the children of Front Line Critical Workers only.

We will not be accepting children or staff from other provisions, and our staff will not be re-deployed elsewhere. In this way we hope to keep all contact confined to our own school population.

Guidelines currently state that the government “are asking schools, wherever possible, to maintain provision for children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response over the Easter holidays.”

This flow chart has been shared by many schools to help parents establish if they should send their child to school.

 Please note that, whilst we hope to be able to maintain provision at Whitley Lodge as outlined above, if circumstances re staffing or demand for places change significantly, this may not be possible. In this event parents will be signposted to alternative provision.

We sincerely hope that all alternatives are explored before requesting provision during the Easter Holidays.

Please complete the form below in as much detail as possible and return to school by email. We will communicate further on Easter Holiday provision as soon as we have processed this information.

We are looking forward to the day when we can welcome all children back, and our school can resume its rightful purpose. Until then, we will continue to provide care for the children of our critical workers, and communicate with you all regarding any changes or updates via our website.

Please take care and look after each other during these challenging times.

Whitley Lodge First School Easter holiday eligibility form (PDF)

Whitley Lodge First School Easter holiday eligibility form (Word doc)