I have so many things to thank you all for. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this incredibly difficult time. Thank you for being so responsive about staying in touch with us whilst the school building has been closed. Thank you for working hard at home with your children and accessing the learning resources that we have provided. Most importantly, I want to thank all families for making arrangements to ensure all Cherry Oak pupils and staff have been able to follow the government advice to stay at home since 24th March 2020.
Following risk assessment of the situation, Cherry Oak School will continue to be closed until further notice to all pupils except:
Children of parents who are a key worker
Children in a vulnerable category according to our safeguarding data and risk assessments
Cherry Oak School will only be open to those children by direct invitation from myself.
We will be open to those children as a childcare provider from Monday 20th April. I have and will continue to speak to the parents who need this childcare. Please be patient whilst I contact those parents over the coming week.
I will continue to risk assess each pupil’s situation and will respond to parents' concerns. If you feel your child should be classed as needing a place and you have not been contacted about this by 9th April 2020 then please phone me on the school number to discuss this.
I would really like to stress that the government’s advice has not changed and they are still clear that children are safest at home and that everyone should be staying at home unless it is absolutely necessary:
We will continue to be closed to all staff and pupils until April 20th as all parents have indicated they have arrangements in place to look after their child safely at home. However, if this situation changes for any family you must either phone me at school or contact your child’s class teacher.
Although we are physically closed we continue to open ‘virtually’ and will continue to support our pupils and families and will continue to provide work and learning opportunities through email and the website.
The days, weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and we need everyone to play their part. Please let me do mine by providing emergency childcare for those that need it. Sending children into emergency childcare when it is not necessary will jeopardise our ability to safely support those parents who need it most. Please play your part by not sending your child in if they can be safely cared for at home and continue to protect the NHS and save lives.
Head of School