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SCHOOL CLOSURE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Dear Parents,

First, I hope that you are all safe and well.  We are facing truly unprecedented challenges, with health and safety (physical and mental) being of utmost priority and concern for everyone.

School staff do not have protective clothing or materials to assist with keeping themselves and the school environment safe.  Protective clothing and equipment have been ordered.  The school also requires a deep clean and this has been scheduled to take place during the Easter holiday.  These aspects are key issues for us and until we are sure of the safety of this environment, we will remain closed.  We have taken this decision as a precaution as there has been a suspected case of COVID-19 in the school.  The closure includes partial opening for vulnerable pupils and key worker families.  Our intention is to re-open for vulnerable and key worker families from Monday 20th April.         

On the home learning front, I understand some of you may have felt a great deal of pressure to keep learning going with your child.  There are a great number of online resources out there.  We have set up Home Learning Google Classrooms.  These classrooms offer regular and ongoing interaction between your child and their class teacher.  I have seen some excellent online learning links and activities that will make your child’s learning more fun and enjoyable. 

Home Learning on Google Classrooms will usually be in the form of:

  • A link to a video tutorial to support learning/encourage participation in an activity
  • Questions, material and assignments to support learning
  • A Google document for your child to open, type into and submit

Where teachers are available to do so, they will feedback on any work that gets submitted back to them.  Please note that while teachers will, where possible, do all they can to help, they may themselves not be working for a period due to their own personal situation.

Home learning is neither the same as school learning (it should not try to replicate it), nor is it the same as home schooling. Both paper home learning packs and Google Classrooms will help you to keep learning going at home.          

School may be closed, but we are still here to support all of our families.  I am available to answer any questions you may have.  If you are concerned or want to share something with us, then do not hesitate to contact me via the school office email account on office@johnburns.wandsworth.sch.uk 

Thank you again for your support and understanding as we try to make the best of a challenging and constantly changing situation.

Mr Grogan 

See the school's COVID-19 Update page under the News & Events Tab   

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