Dear Parent/Carer 

Re: coronavirus update 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, I am writing to confirm that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after school tomorrow (Friday 20th March) until further notice. 

As advised by the Government, we will do all we can to stay open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. However, clarification has not yet been given as to what constitutes a ‘key worker’. As soon as we have this information, we will make the necessary arrangements.  

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.  

I understand these are difficult times for everyone and we are trying to continue educating children as best as we can in the circumstances.  For children who will be at home we have provided online home learning resources which your child can access remotely; details can be found our website: www.aldercommunityhighschool.org.uk/student-zone. Students who do not have internet access are being provided with paper packs. Please ensure your child is completing an appropriate amount of work each day. 

If your child usually receives a free school meal we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced. 

 

Year 11 

We have made the sad and difficult decision today to close for Year 11.  They have spent this afternoon, in what may have been their final time together, receiving their leavers’ hoodies.  Year 11 should not attend school tomorrow. Online resources are available for them to continue studying  

We have urged them to keep working hard over the coming weeks in this period of uncertainty and keep in touch with their studies over the coming months in preparation for college life and beyond. 

It was announced last night by the Government that there will be no GCSE exams this summer. We do not yet know the implications of this for students but have been reassured that they will get the qualifications they need. As soon as we know more details about this we will communicate more. 

 

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience  and understanding as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.   

 

Kind regards

R O’Regan 

Headteacher