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Westminster Cathedral

Roman Catholic Primary School

Founded by
The Jesuit Fathers circa 1849

School closure

Please read the attached letter about school closures.

Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear parents/carers,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils

Following on from my last update, I am now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government:

  1. We will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (we are still waiting for the final list from the Government)

Currently we know these to be:

  • NHS workers including carers
  • Police officers
  • Supermarket delivery drivers
  • Workers looking after the vulnerable and elderly
  1. We will do all we can to stay open for vulnerable children:
  • these are children who have a social worker and those with education health and care plans.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means. We have been contacting key worker parents and social workers but if you think your child may fall into one of these categories, please contact the school office by 9.30am on Friday 20th March.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will reopen fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by texting you the day before we reopen.

What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we will continue to help your child to learn.

We have sent a separate letter and information via email which details their home learning support. Please contact the school office if you have not received this email.

FSM

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

Cancelled activities:

  • School trips
  • Breakfast and after-school clubs
  • Events
  • Internal exams or tests

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

The school office will remain open even if this is done remotely. Emails will be checked daily. Please feel free to ring the school office between 9am and 4.30pm during this time.

Safeguarding

If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact the Children's Services Team on 020 7641 4000 (9am to 5pm weekdays) or outside of these times the Emergency Duty Team on 020 7641 2388.

Remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Finally, I wish to pay tribute to the wonderful efforts of all our staff who have given so much to provide an education for all pupils. I am confident that this support and commitment will continue throughout the year whatever challenges we face.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us today and tomorrow if you have any questions about these new developments.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Stacey

Headteacher