Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

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Friday 3rd April

Dear Parents and Carers

We are now two weeks into ‘unprecedented times’ (at least in terms of school closures) and here at Forefield Juniors we would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to the NHS and everybody who is helping to combat the current crisis – including all those people who are staying at home and getting to grips with home learning.

As a result, FJS has been able to operate each day with a reduced staff and a very small number of children. There has been a very positive atmosphere in school and everyone has worked together to create a calm, safe space. Our caretaker, cleaning staff, admin team, governors, welfare and teaching staff (both teachers and TAs) have kept everything running smoothly and even those self-isolating at home have ensured that the resources to support home learning have been in place.

We were due to close at 2:00pm yesterday for Easter, but we will now remain open in order to provide care for the children of key workers. At the time of writing this newsletter, we think that the school will be fully closed over the Bank Holiday weekend but we are waiting to finalise arrangements as families find out about their shift patterns and rotas.

Home Learning

While we will not be setting work in English, Maths and the Foundation Subjects over the Easter Holiday, our Home Learning page will continue to point you to a variety of online resources across a range of subjects. The Links and Downloads section of our website will also be updated with more things to do at home, while our Staying Safe Online offers important advice to children and adults.

Supporting Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing

During this time, it is important that you take care of your family’s mental health. The Government has issued guidance for parents and carers offering advice is to help look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The mental health charity Young Minds also has some useful advice on talking to your child about coronavirus.