COVID-19: School Closure information
Last updated Sunday 22nd March 2020 4pm
The Dawnay will close on Monday 23rd March until further notice.
Yesterday Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.
A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available.
Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.
Further details on this announcement can be found here:
The policy implications of this announcement and, over the coming days, will be sharing with you the further information that you need.
Important: Key Worker and Vulnerable child Information
We need families to contact the school directly to CONFIRM if they require essential childcare as they are a key worker, or require support for their ‘vulnerable’ child. The key worker groups currently defined by the Government yesterday are– NHS, Emergency services, supermarket delivery drivers. Please note, the list of key workers may change as we receive more information from the Government.
You must contact the school office today (Thursday 19th March) or tomorrow (Friday 20th March) to confirm the following information:
I require childcare as I already know I am employed as key worker (mentioned by Government) and I have no other childcare options
I require school support for my ‘vulnerable’ child.
To assist with planning, if either answer above is yes:
I require child care during the Easter break (Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April)
If the definition of Key worker and Vulnerable child does not apply to you, you do not need to contact the office.
Update on assessments and examinations
Yesterday, we confirmed that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. Tomorrow we will provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve.