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Blaise High School

Update from The headteacher 19th march

Dear Parents / Carers 
I am writing to update you on our plans for the future.   
Following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday, I am writing to confirm that the school will close on Friday 20th March 2020, for all students except for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. We intend to keep the school open for all students until then. I appreciate this decision will cause significant inconvenience to some of you, and I am truly sorry. 
We have been planning for this possibility for some time, and I am confident that we have a strong plan in place for students to learn from home. From Monday, students will be completing their lessons through Google Classrooms and other online resources. Attached is a full explanation of the student working at home guidance. 
We will continue to open the school for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. We are awaiting government guidance on this matter and will write to you again later today with further details. All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards if you do not fit into the categories described. 
If your child receives Free School Meals, you will continue to receive support. We will contact you tomorrow with further details of how this will work. Please be assured that we have arranged for full coverage for every student entitled.  
We are not yet sure how long we will remain closed for, and I will of course update you as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, it is essential that students work hard and complete all their online tasks, to ensure that the excellent progress they have made since September continues and they can guarantee the better chance of success that Blaise High School has always set out to give. 
Finally, I want to express my huge gratitude to our school community, for the support and encouragement you have shown the school in these challenging times. We are working closely with, and supported by colleagues from across the Greenshaw Learning Trust and I would like to express my gratitude to all the staff who have gone well above and beyond the call of duty this week to show care and compassion to your children. 
Yours faithfully 
Ms K Brown Headteacher