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Southover CE Primary School

Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils


Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories.

Please email the office urgently with the child’s name, days of care expected to be needed, and the hours. We would also need your name and the key worker area you are in. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this applies to. We will contact families of children with EHC plans that are currently in place for their special need.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by using the app and emails.


What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.

We will be regularly updating the website with work so the children can continue learning and the office email will remain open throughout. Either myself, Lisa Walker or Zoe Short will be contactable during this time so we can continue to support our school community.

We will send home an exercise book to help the child record their learning and will make these available to be collected for those who are not in school.

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.


This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

Remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.


Yours sincerely,


Noel Fadden