Yesterday (18/3/20) 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 a great deal of time preparing for this announcement. I feel very confident we have everything in place to ensure that we continue to support you and your children in the coming weeks and months.
Over today and tomorrow we will plan for how we can offer a service to look after the children of key workers, such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers and other children that the government wants us to keep in school.
Downderry will be kept open with a skeleton staff to provide support for these children including a restricted menu thanks to Chartwells, our catering contractor. At this point we cannot give you any more details, but we will let you know what our plans are as soon as possible in the hope that we can support as many of our families as possible.
If you are an NHS, emergency services, delivery driver or utility staff worker, please notify the school office as soon as possible or via firstname.lastname@example.org This list is subject to change subject to government advice.
I am sure that you will join me in thanking all our fantastic staff for working so hard at this difficult time. Some cannot be in school at the moment but are working hard at home. I want to thank you all for working with us and your continued support for the school at this time. Updates will be sent via the school website.