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Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils unless both parents are key workers


On Wednesday, it was announced that schools would close to almost all children until further notice.  As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers and vulnerable learners working on a skeleton staff who remain well and have not needed to self-isolate in order to provide care for the children in the following groups:

Health and social care

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition, it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods

Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security

Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.


Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services

Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

Thank you to those parents who have been in touch regarding their roles as Key Workers – we now have an official form for you to complete should you wish to apply for a space in school under these terms. Please see the attachment.


NB Please think carefully about requesting a place in school. The Government ask that IF AT ALL POSSIBLE CHILDREN SHOULD BE CARED FOR AT HOME in order to minimise the spread of the virus. If you work in one of these roles but have other family members at home who could care for your child while school is closed (i.e. another parent or family member), then you should keep your child away from school for the safety of your child, your family, our other children and staff. Please consider your social responsibility to reduce the spread of this disease.

It will remain that case that no child should attend school, regardless of falling into one of these groups, if they or any member of their household has developed either a new, continuous cough OR a high temperature (above 37.8).

Please note that schools will be providing childcare, and not teaching the national curriculum during this time. If you are at home with your children, we will be providing regular home learning and updates. Communication from school will continue to be regular.

What to do:

If your child is categorised as vulnerable, Ashbury staff will contact you as soon as possible to discuss the next actions. You do not need to contact the school as our records will show who falls into this category.

If you think your child qualifies under the key worker category, please complete the key worker information sheet attached and return to the school Office email address:  office.3851@ashbury.oxon.sch.uk 

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.


Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by regular updates on the website, communicating via Arbor and our school website.


What we will continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.

Our remote learning plans can be found on the school Website – these will be updated over time and teachers will be in touch via Arbor.


If pupils or parents wish to contact us to share the completed work, please use the teacher’s email addresses which will be communicated via the teachers. All other enquiries can come through the usual email of office.3851@ashbury.oxon.sch.uk


If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch next week with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government will be introducing. 


This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

Pupils should now refer to the Remote Learning Plans for work to complete at home. Please check back regularly for updated information and additional tasks and resources for home learning.

You can still contact the school:

Email: office.3851@ashbury.oxon.sch.uk

In case of an emergency please send a text message to the school mobile number 07587097736 (or leave a voicemail if you cannot send a text) stating the reason for contact and genuine emergencies will receive a call back.