Letters to Parents

COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents / Carers

I do hope you are all well and have had a pleasant Easter, even in this very challenging time.

As I am sure you are aware, the Government advice is that social isolating continues and schools remain closed with the exception to providing care to vulnerable children and those children of key workers.

Ripplevale School wish to promote the safety and well being of both students, their families and staff. With this in mind Ripplevale School will be offering care to those boys whose parents are key workers. Lunch will be provided and staff will be on hand to ensure social distancing is practised and provide care, however there will be no expectations of formal academic teaching.

If care at school is required for your son because you are a key worker, you must reply directly to me on the following email address jane.norris@ripplevaleschool.co.uk by Midday Friday 17th April with the contact details of your employer and the days/ times of your working week so that I can ensure adequate staffing will be put into place to  support the students coming in to school.

I must inform you that I have contacted KCC in regards to transport and this will only be organised once I have agreed that the student may attend school. However, I have been told by Mandy Dann, at KCC that taxi companies and their drivers cannot adhere to the social distancing regulations whilst in their roles. They will try however to clean cars internally after every journey.

If you have any concerns about the provision of care for your son or for any other vulnerable students at Ripplevale, please feel free to ring me directly on my mobile on 07595708251.

There is still work for students on the website which can be completed at home and in addition to this, we are hoping to launch  online sessions, which are being organised by Jamie Lovett.

I do hope that you all remain safe and well and understand the measures we are taking in order to keep all of our staff and students safe too.

Kind regardsJane Norris

CEO/Head of school

Helplines and Links to Government Guidance

The NHS and the Department for Education have released a new helpline to answer questions about COVID – 19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Guidance on Coronavirus may be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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