Coronovirus Update: 19.3.20

Most of you will now know that yesterday, the government ordered schools in the UK to close on Friday afternoon until further notice. I realise this is distressing news for the entire school community and will leave many anxious, but I want to reassure everyone that we have spent time preparing for this announcement and I feel very confident that we have everything in place to ensure that we continue to support you and your children in the coming weeks and months.

We know
• Myatt Garden will be shutting for most children on Friday;
• Some children e.g. if their parent is a nurse or care worker will still be able to come to school (not sure where at present);
• Even though many of you won’t be coming to school, school will still be here and we will be available to provide advice and assistance should you need it. You can phone us on: 020 8691 0611 or 07742967605 or you can email us on: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk;
• We will be providing learning for you to do at home;
• Year 6 SATs will not go ahead

We don’t know
• How long school will be shut;
• Which children will be still coming to school

Our staff have worked tirelessly this week to ensure we have ‘home learning’ arrangements in place and to make sure this will be a seamless transition for the children. Home learning will be sent to you at the beginning of every week via ParentPay. Children will be bringing home an exercise book and pencil tonight. If your child is already off school, please come into school tomorrow (Friday) to pick up a pack; we will try our best to deliver packs to any remaining children.

During today and tomorrow we will be working hard to see if we can offer a service to look after the children of our key workers and other children that the government wants us to keep in school. At this point we cannot give you any more details, but we will let you know what our plans are as soon as possible.

Many of our children (and parents too!) are experiencing a whole range of mixed emotions – elation at finishing early for Easter; anxiety at being away from their friends; confusion at what’s happening; worry that they may get ill. We have been talking to the children today about what is happening and how things might be in order to reassure them. We have told them that if they are worried they should talk to a trusted adult, tell them how they are feeling and ask their questions.

More advice can be found at: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ 

I am sure that you will join me in thanking all our fantastic staff for working so hard at this difficult time.

Once again, I would like to thank you for working with us and for your continued support for the school at this time. I have had many kind offers of practical help from parents and governors, as well as staff willing to go above and beyond their normal duties. I will be in touch if/when we are able to put this help to good use. It is at times such as this that we are reminded what a special community Myatt Garden is.

Please be assured that we will continue to update you and communicate with you regularly during the closure.

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