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Update 6th April 2020
Microsoft Office document iconFree school meals policy update


Update 26th March 2020

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Update 25th March 2020

Microsoft Office document iconLetter to parents 25th March 2020
Microsoft Office document iconLetter to parents 25th March 2020 - Community Classrooms


20th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers, 

As you know, the Government has said that schools must close from today Friday, March 20th for all students other than for those classes or vulnerable or whose parents are key workers. 

The Department for Education has confirmed that if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Education and Childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

The Government guidance states that school will be available to households where there is a key worker in the household.  If this applies to you and there are no other adults who can look after your children, please let us know by 2 PM on Friday March 20th by calling the school office. If you do not contact us by phone we cannot guarantee a place for your child. Once we have confirmation that you will send your child to school, we will send you a form for you to complete giving details of your Key Worker role and place of work. 

We will do our very best to offer as many places as we possibly can for the children of those who will be working so incredibly hard to keep our public services and food supplies operating. 

This is such a fast-changing situation, so we will ask parents on a weekly basis to confirm you want to send you children into school for what we are calling our ‘Community Classrooms.’

Free school meals 
We will make sure that families of students who qualify for Free School Meals have information on our plans to provide food for children as soon as we have finalised them. 

Learning at home 
It is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home.  We have been working hard for several weeks to put in place contingency plans to ensure students can still access work and teachers are able to support their learning. 
Letters will be posted in the parent/carer section of our website later today which gives detailed information on how students can access work from home.

While schools are closed, we should all continue to follow health guidance.  

Find out how to protect yourself here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 
For further information on the government response, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

We will continue to update you on any developments via text and with regular updates on the school website. 

This is an unsettling and disruptive time for everyone and we will work together as a school and local community to face the challenging times ahead.  Thank you for your support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances.  If we can do anything more to help your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

Kind regards

Fiona Chapman
Executive Principal
Ark Dickens / Ark Charter Academy