Immediate academy closure – coronavirus

This page will have all the latest information on the academy’s closure. Keep checking back to find out more.

Updated 19 March 2020

Update on academy closures and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the government’s latest guidance on school closures, we would like to take this opportunity to update you on the current position.

As you can appreciate, this is a fast-evolving situation and we currently do not yet have detailed responses to all questions parents and carers may have, but are working swiftly to alleviate concerns and keep you updated as quickly as we can.

Free School Meals (FSM)
Today, we will be writing to all of our parents/carers in receipt of free school meals to assess the demand for this service and to develop an action plan to offer meals to our most vulnerable pupils. We expect this to be in place for Monday, 23 March.

Childcare for key workers

We are exploring arrangements to enable us to offer essential childcare to children of key workers. A definitive list of those who are classified as key workers will be published by the government today. We will be contacting all parents/carers separately, requesting you to self-identify as part of this identified group. You will be sent a link to an online form to complete, in order to request this childcare provision where it is needed. We expect a childcare provision to be in place for Monday, 23 March.

Re-opening academies for specific groups

It may not be necessary to re-open all academies with the Diverse Academies Trust. This means that some children may be offered childcare or access to a packed lunch collection service in a different academy to the one where your child normally attends. Demand and locality will be a key factor in this decision making. We will update you on the locations as soon as possible.

Summer examinations
For our parents/carers of those students who were expecting to sit their examinations this summer, we share your concerns. We are expecting further government information to follow tomorrow, Friday 20 March, and will update all parents/carers as soon as we have clarity.

Help prevent the spread of coronavirus

Public Health England’s advice on protecting yourself and your family from the virus can be found by visiting www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-for-households-with-possible-covid-19-infection

If you suspect a member of your family has contracted the virus, please follow guidance from the NHS here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

The education and welfare of our children remains our top priority. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to respond to the government’s latest advice for schools.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Letton, Senior Principal

Helen Cawkill, Principal

Updated 17 March 2020

Across the Diverse Academies Trust, of which our academy is a member, we have collectively taken the decision to close Bracken Lane Primary Academy, with immediate effect, alongside all other academies within our Trust.

I want to assure you that this is not a decision we have taken lightly, but a decision we have been left with no other option to take in the interests of the health and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.

Due to significantly low levels of staffing available, following the government’s change in advice for self-isolation – and the ongoing unpredictability of this position – we are no longer able to continue to operate safely.

We are facing an unprecedented situation, and we will be monitoring this position closely. We will keep parents and carers regularly updated about the closure and all updates will be posted to this page.

This closure will be up to and including the 3 April and will continue throughout the Easter break. We will continue to review the situation, but our current expectation is that we will re-open on Monday 20 April.

General academy information on the coronavirus outbreak, including links to important government information, can also be found here:

www.brackenlaneprimary-ac.org.uk/coronavirus_updates

Access to student learning resources

Our main priority is to ensure that during the closure period, the impact on the education of our pupils is minimised as much as possible. In preparation for this, all pupils, across all year groups will have access to learning resources.

We are currently working on uploading these resources onto our website and we will send a further communication when this is ready to access.

Pupils without access to the internet or a home computer must contact office@brackenlaneprimary-ac.org.uk or 01777 705017 and we endeavour to support with providing paper-based learning resources where possible.

Contacting the academy

During the closure period, should you have any questions about student work or if for any reason you cannot login or access resources, please contact the academy by email at office@brackenlaneprimary-ac.org.uk or 01777 705017.

For emergencies and urgent enquiries, our main academy phone lines will be diverted to an off-site member of staff. We will aim to answer these as soon as possible, but please be advised that our normal response time may be affected.

Parental support in ensuring pupils remain on track during this difficult period is much appreciated, and I trust that you will understand the very difficult decision we have made.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Letton, Senior Principal

Helen Cawkill, Principal

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