Friday 20th March 2020,
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we come to the end of what has been an incredibly unsettling week for the country, I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank our parents for your continued support. As a school, we are aware that many members of our school community are incredibly concerned about the future and we appreciate that this may in turn impact on your children. Over the coming weeks, the school leaders and staff will be available via Class Dojo/ email should you have any concerns. If we are able to, we do everything we possibly can to help and support our families.
I would also like to mention, in particular, the children in Year 6. We are all very mindful that this year group will potentially not experience key events which are traditionally planned for children moving into Year 7. We are hoping, in coming weeks and months that we are all able to return to a level of normality and if this is the case will be ready to commit the very best to all our children, within the given time frames, and ensure that we can press on with planned activities which are memorable for children leaving primary schooling. Please do rest assured that we will continue to work very closely with secondary schools and forward any key information required in terms of secondary transition. We remain, as a school, incredibly proud of the resilience demonstrated by this year group who have shown a high degree of maturity this week. Should parents have any concerns in the coming weeks and months please do not hesitate to contact me.
Very sadly, as from the end of the school day today, the school will remain closed, with the exception of key worker children, until we are informed by the Government to re-open. We will still be accessing key statutory requirements, via email, such as organising the new intake for September 2020.
I have asked for the teachers to encourage your children to bring home all of their personal possessions including medication, as we will be unable, due to health and safety reasons, to open the site to parents from the end of today. If you do live in the village and see the school site open this will purely be for children, starting from Monday, who have been identified as needing this care due to a family member having been identified as a key worker. Every day, until the Easter holidays the school will have a member of the senior leadership team, a first aider, teacher and learning partner on site alongside the schools site manager. This is to ensure that this provision runs smoothly and quite rightly provides a service for the incredible members of our school community who continue to support the most vulnerable during this unprecedented national crisis. Our thoughts and prayers are extended in the coming weeks and months to these talented professionals, who in short make our nation great.
Finally, I would like to thank the staff at Otford who have shown an incredible commitment to the school this week, despite many personal concerns. We are very proud to have a full complement of staff and whilst we appreciate this is governed by health, we also know in times of crisis that we have a team that pulls together to ensure that we offer the very best we possibly can to the children who remain, as always, our real treasure. Over the weeks ahead we wish you all the very best and hope you keep safe with your loved ones.
We remain, as ever, fully committed and wish you all the very best as we move into the future.
Mrs H Roberts