URGENT MESSAGE - Partial school closure for Nursery, Year 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10Posted on: 17 March 2020
Wednesday 18th March 2020 – School closure for students in Nursery, Year 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10
I have had to take the difficult decision today to begin to close the school to certain year groups because of staff shortages. This is NOT as a result of any confirmed case of Coronavirus; this is due to the recent government advice that was published last night on social distancing.
I am partially closing Buxton school as of Wednesday 18th March for an initial period of 14 days, for all Nursery, Year 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 students. Students will be provided with details of work to complete at home during this initial period of school closure and further information about how students can use Show My Homework, Times Table Rock Stars, Literacy Shed, GCSEPod and other resources to support their learning whilst at home. Further information will be emailed to you on Wednesday 18th March. Information will also be uploaded to the homepage on Buxton School website.
Students in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 11 should continue to attend school as normal. Their timetable will be reviewed daily in line with staff availability. We presently do not see a reason for these year groups to close unless more staff are affected and are unable to work. I will send regular updates as and when I receive further government guidance via text, email and website updates.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
- School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue
- NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of Coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
- Department for Education Coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to Coronavirus in relation to schools
- Government’s travel advice, if you what to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you are taking aboard should go-ahead
It’s a tricky time and we know you are worried about the impact this might have on our community. It’s important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.
I apologise in advance for any inconvenience this closure may cause. I am confident that you fully understand that I make decisions based on what is in the best interests of students and staff and keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Mrs J Bowers-Broadbent
Acting Executive Headteacher