Dear Parents/ Carers,
We have taken the decision that we will close the school from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice to all pupils apart from those that are children of Key workers*.
This decision has been taken following long discussion and consideration by the Senior Leadership Team and has been made with the aim of keeping our pupils, staff and their families safe.
These are extraordinary times and we have not taken this decision lightly. We have a large number of pupils with underlying medical conditions and it is very important those who are vulnerable practice effective social distancing.
NHS advice to the public includes the guidance that to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus people must avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus; avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas; avoid events with large groups of people. We have already experienced a significant drop in both staff and pupils due to self isolation and we cannot effectively prevent the potential spread of the virus by continuing to draw remaining staff and pupils into close proximity within a small enclosed environment. We are also aiming to be pro-active in giving parents at least a little time to plan for what looks like will potentially be a forced closure due to lack of uninfected staff.
We fully understand that this may place pressure on families, especially those where parents work or have to undertake care for others. We are taking a number of measures to support children, parents and families through this time which will be outlined on Friday 20th March and communicated via Parent Mail, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and our school website but will include details of what support will be available within school; further details of our approach to targeted support for home education; ongoing monitoring of EHC Plan input and outcomes; details of live online surgeries and support; signposting to ongoing support from Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Services.
As always, we are acting in what we feel are the best interests of the 114 children that attend Sunningdale School and Pre-School and would like to thank parents and carers for their ongoing support during these extraordinary times.
*As of 12pm on Thursday the 19th March 2020 there is still no published definition of ‘Key Workers’. Our ability to effectively remain open to children of this group will depend on staffing levels and the specific definition of who these people are.
Senior Leadership Team, Sunningdale School.