Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – School Closure

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – School Closure

20 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Re:  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – School Closure

No doubt, like us, you will have seen the news and government announcements over the last few days.  We have been asked by the Department for Education to close the school as of 3.00pm Friday 20th March 2020 as part of the Government’s delay phase of their action plan.  These are difficult and challenging times for us all.

Following the Government’s guidance, the school will be shut for all pupils except:

Students whose parents are key workers and for vulnerable students. A full list of the definition of key workers and vulnerable students can be found in our FAQ attached and on the school website www.barrshill.coventry.sch.uk.

For some weeks now we have been planning for such an eventuality.  During the closure period we will continue to do our best to support students to the best of our ability.  Below I highlight some key points for your attention.

  1. During a closure period we will use our website as our main way of communication with you www.barrshill.coventry.sch.uk.  Please check for regular updates.  We will try to also text parents, if we are able to, given IT constraints and remote working.
  2. On the Website home page we have posted a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers which we hope will be helpful.  I would ask that should you have a query; you check the FAQ section before trying to contact the school by email.  The FAQ section will be updated regularly.
  3. Should you feel that your query cannot be dealt with by the FAQs, please email the school or relevant staff for each year group in the FAQ section.  The school will respond to you as soon as possible. 

If you have any safeguarding concerns while your child is not in school, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Please phone: 07724046375 with any concerns.

The school will still be able to provide lunches for pupils, at least in the short term.  If you would like your child to collect a packed lunch, please text their name and year group to:  07889227233 before 10am and the lunches can be collected from outside main reception at 11:45am. Appropriate social-distancing will remain in place for collection, they do not have to be eligible for free school meals, we are happy to feed any students where we are able.

Please rest assured that should the situation change in any way, we will contact you.  Schools may be closed or closing but our staff are still working hard when and from where they can to support your children.  If there is anything we can do to help, we will.

In March of 1973 EB White, the famous author wrote the following perfectly formed reply to a Mr. Nadeau, who sought White’s opinion on what he saw as a bleak future for the human race.

30 March 1973

Dear Mr Nadeau:

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness.

Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society – things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly. It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet.  But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right. Mankind’s curiosity, relentlessness, inventiveness, ingenuity have led us into deep trouble. We can only hope that these same traits will enable us to claw our way out.

Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.

Sincerely,
[Signed, ‘E. B. White’]

I hope that you and your family keep safe and well, please do keep in contact with us and we will do our very best to help in these unprecedented times.

Yours sincerely

Mr Chris Jupp

Headteacher