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Coronavirus update for parents/carers, Friday 20th March

Good morning everyone.  Tunbury Primary School will remain open to all children today. From Monday, our intention is to remain open with a severely reduced provision.

We now have the clarification that we have been waiting for regarding this reduced provision (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision) Please read this guidance carefully, as it explains how schools should remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.  If it is at all possible for children to be at home from Monday, then that is where they should be.

If after reading this guidance, you feel that you fit into one of the categories prioritised for continued educational provision, then we are asking you to tell us today by filling in the attached form and returning it to school (this can also be found on the school website under: Parents - Letters and Forms).  Please do this today if you have a specific need to send your children into school next week.  You can complete this electronically and email it to office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk by 12.00 midday today.  Additionally, printed copies of the form will be available in the school office this morning.  

Our focus will then be to use the information that you have provided to work out how many children we will be caring for on Monday.  To help us with this, please provide the relevant information by 12.00.   We do appreciate your support in meeting the tight timescales involved – this has been due to the delay in the government publication of the relevant guidance.  Please be assured that we’re doing our very best to work with you and we’re dealing with this situation as fast as we can.

Our efforts to stay open during this difficult time are intended to support the UK’s ongoing response to coronavirus, so please support us by only considering sending your child into school if you have a specific and absolute need to do so.  Our first priority is to keep everyone safe and well and this applies to children, parents and school staff.  Government guidance is that home is the safest place for all of these groups; with this is mind, please be aware that the number of children we care for in school has a direct impact on the number of our school staff who will not be able to stay at home.  To try and balance these considerations, if necessary, we’ll accept all eligible children on Monday, but then hold further discussions with parents/carers through next week to determine your individual levels of need.   Thank you for your continued support and understanding of these sensitive issues at this difficult time.


Ruth Austin



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