St. Gabriel's Catholic Primary School

19th March 2020

Public Health England - Advice on the coronavirus for places of education


School Closure - Home Learning Letter

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19th March 2020


Volume 11 Number 25


Dear Parents and Carers


Our government has announced yesterday plans to close school to almost all pupils from Friday afternoon – 20th March2020.  This is UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

We have been informed that this year’s SATs tests and summer exams will not now go ahead.

The closure will apply to all children, except those of “key workers” and those who are “most vulnerable” including those with social workers and education, health and care plans.

We do not at present have a definition of “key workers”.  We have waited all morning for confirmation of these jobs and had no communication.  I am not prepared to wait any longer.  Once the list of “key workers” has been published, we would ask those parents/carers to make contact with school by e-mail or phone.  These parents will be expected to make contact before the end of Friday 20th March 2020, to confirm your details and to secure your child care.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask you to make sure you DO NOT send your children to school unless they are in one of these groups, from Monday 23rd March 2020 onwards.

We wish all children and families well at this time. 

Please see separate letter from Mr Bright regarding direction for work at home for each year group.  Your child’s learning is important to us.

If your child receives a Free School Meal, we will be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this with support from a scheme just announced by the Government.

This is as much as I know at this point.  I would appreciate your continued patience as we all deal with this ever changing situation.

We will continue to do all we can for ALL our families in our school community. 

Thank you

NHS Update

Stay at home if you have either:

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.


Social Distancing


STAY away from clubs, pubs, theatres etc. 

It’s tough but we have to do it, for as long as it takes.

Don’t arrange parties at home, having friends around.  That’s the advice!

We are being asked to avoid all UNECESSARY CONTACT.  Remember – the government are APPEALING to our sense of PUBLIC DUTY to be RESPONSIBLE, to ACT RESPONSIBLY in order to SAVE LIVES of those around us.



If you are keeping your child AWAY FROM SCHOOL, please continue to contact us and keep us updated as to your circumstances.

We have a legal duty to know where your child is and that they are safe.

Please support us in meeting this.  Thank you.



Parents please be clear that we are and will be doing everything in our power to keep our school open.  I do need you to be aware, that we are already under a lot of pressure, due to staff having to self-isolate or because staff are in vulnerable groups because of health conditions.  The governing board will be liaising with myself to keep this situation under review.

I will keep you updated.  Thank you.


Toddler Group

We have received the following message from Toddler Group:

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister that everyone should stop non-essential contact I have reluctantly decided that it is probably best to suspend holding the Toddler Group for the time being.  This will be reviewed after the Easter Holidays.  Thank you.


Separation at the front gates

Can I again ASK that parents walking into school, particularly to the Key Stage 1 playground, or from it, do so by staying on the footpath by the school.  I am now asking you to walk through the pedestrian gate, when open and to keep to the footpath for your own safety.

Governors have now decided that some funding we have for capital projects may be used in fencing to separate out pedestrians from the car park.  The car park area is a working car park and visiting agencies/staff need to be able to move in and out, without the danger of a child or pedestrian being knocked down.  There have been too many instances of children being on it.  We can only do this with the co-operation of everyone.  I will update you with any information on the fence.  In the meantime please KEEP TO THE RIGHT as you come into school and STAY ON THE PATHS. Thank you.


First Holy Communion Meetings

We have received the following message from the parish regarding the First Holy Communion Meetings:

Due to the Coronavirus and the number of concerns we have had raised we have decided to cancel the remaining sessions for the Parents of First Holy Communion children: Tuesday 24th March for parents of children in Miss Connolly’s Class and Tuesday 31st March for parents of children in Mrs Holmes Class.  We will not reschedule these as the situation is so uncertain.  Thank you


Please keep up to date with parish news at

Sadly all celebrations of Mass are suspended and Holy Communion and Confirmation dates are POSTPONED for now.


I will be talking to many of you at the gate again today and tomorrow…

Remember we have not got all the answers but we will try our best…

Please continue to support each other in these worrying times…

I know you will.


The Lord is my shepherd,

there is nothing I shall want,

Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose…

To restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit.


God Bless                       


Yours sincerely


John P Hayes