January Opening – Principal’s Statement

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Dear Parents/Carers,

First of all I would like to wish you all a ‘happy new year!’ I hope you all managed to have a good Christmas and had some special time with your family.

You may have heard on the news yesterday that some primary schools in England have been directed to remain closed to the majority of pupils, rather than opening to all on Monday 4th January. Sevenoaks is one of the areas deemed to be ‘extremely high risk’ and therefore we will be moving to online learning for the time being. Pupils are likely to return to face-to-face teaching on Monday 18th January but this is subject to a review by the government nearer the time.

In order for us to get online learning in place and organise staff for our critical-worker and vulnerable children we have decided to implement an additional emergency inset day on Monday 4th January. Online learning and critical-worker/vulnerable bubbles will therefore commence on Tuesday 5th January.

In order to ascertain how many children to expect in school on Tuesday we need parents to let us know if they are a critical-worker by completing this Google Form and provide us with evidence of this please. If you provided evidence of this for the first lockdown then we still have your information on file and you do not need to provide evidence again (please complete the Google form though). If you are new to the school or have changed jobs since March then please complete the Google Form now. We ask that all critical-workers complete this form for each child by 10am on Monday 4th January. We need all parents of critical-worker children, whether you used the facility before or not, to indicate whether you intend to send your child in to school from Tuesday 5th or if you will be keeping them at home. For clarification as to who a critical-worker is, please check the list: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

We will contact parents of vulnerable children on Monday and invite those children to come in for the two weeks that we are closed.

If you are not a critical-worker please do not complete this Google Form. Your child will be provided with online learning activities from Tuesday 5th January. 

If you have any difficulties with accessing online learning, because of internet problems, please contact the office on Monday 4th January, via email (office@hartleyprimary.org.uk).

All children who attend school in person over the next two weeks will need to bring a packed lunch and should wear their school uniform as usual please. 

Our nursery will be operating under the same system as the rest of the school, so children of critical-workers and vulnerable children (by invitation) will be able to attend for their usual sessions, but the nursery will be closed to other children. Nursery staff will provide activities on Tapestry for the children to do at home if you wish.

Once we have confirmed the number of critical-worker and vulnerable children we will be able to confirm arrangements for wrap-around care (breakfast club and Play2gether). If this does go ahead it will only be for children attending school in person.

We are hopeful that this will be a short term measure to help get the rate of infection under control in our area. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing the children back in school soon.


Kind regards

Nicole Galinis | Principal