Following this evening's announcement about school closures for most children, we wanted to inform all parents about our next steps as a school.

We have been identifying priority groups this week and tomorrow will be contacting all parents asking you to let us know what your role is. We already know this about some of you but not all. This will then enable us to identify which children will be in school next week.We will keep you all informed through these regular updates and school messages. We are still waiting for further information about which roles are included but it will definitely be our wonderful NHS workers.

Our vulnerable children are already identified through our usual school processes.

We have got our home learning packs out to children today and we have also been adding website suggestions to our class blogs. These will be developed over the coming weeks. 

Class Dojo has already been a success in terms of numbers of families signing up and we will be using this as a key way of continuing your child's learning at home. We will be providing you with further information about how it will be used and some guidelines about the times that teachers will be available on line. Staff will only respond to questions about your child learning. We will provide you with other ways to help you with other queries.

We have signed up for several additional online tools and we are in the process of registering the children for these. Passwords will be sent to you when this is done.

We have written a safeguarding policy for this very unusual situation. We will keep in touch with everyone though messages and the website. Some families will also receive phone calls to have a chat about how things are.

We have been given some information about the provision of free school meals and we realise that this will be a huge concern for many of you. Again we will be updating you on this site and through messages as we get definitive information. 

To help us could you please continue to keep us informed if your home situation changes. The guidelines regarding self isolation still apply. 

All staff at St Francis School would like to thank you for working with us at this very difficult time. Everyone has their own personal worries around this situation and it has been heartwarming to feel the real family feeling of our school in action yet again -  people rising above their own anxieties to ensure that the children were safe and happy.

Take care and keep in touch