School Closure Information

As a result of the guidance issued by Central Government the school is closed for most children. This page has information about the provision for children of key workers and those who are most vulnerable. There is also information about free schools meals. We will continue to review this information and update it as necessary. 

Further information about school closures can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

SCHOOL NURSE SERVICE

The school nursing service have advised us that during the school closure there will be a single point of contact, telephone number 03000 263538. The team are still able to offer services via telephone during this difficult period.

 

PROVISION FOR CHILDREN OF KEY WORKERS AND MOST VULNERABLE

Update - 24 March 2019

We have received the following additional information from the local authority.

Dear Parents,

As the situation with coronavirus continues to develop we are asking you to carefully consider whether or not your child needs to be in school.

We appreciate that the central government guidance around what constitutes a key worker is quite broad, however we would like to remind you that the reason schools are remaining open is primarily to ensure that those frontline workers who are key to helping this country get through this situation, can get to work.

Each school will have different levels of demand for these places and may handle this situation differently in order to ensure the welfare of all staff and children. We ask you to respect any restrictions your school may put in place to help them cope during these challenging times.

Finally can we remind you that in line with Public Health England guidance, the best place for your child, wherever possible is at home with you, helping to maintain good social distancing for our wider community.

Many thanks

Paige Huntington

Personal Assistant to:
Richard Crane - Head of Education and Skills
Karen Davison - Strategic Manager – One Point and Think Family Services

 

Following our Headteacher meeting and advice from the Local Authority, we are open for for the following children only:

Children where both parents are key workers and have no alternative provision.

These are:

  • Delivery drivers of essential services e.g. food and medical supplies
  • Front line NHS staff who work in hospitals
  • Teachers/Child care
  • Care home workers
  • Social workers
  • Police officers, Community support, Civilian staff
  • Prison or other probation staff
  • Firefighters
  • Front line staff of Taylor Shaw who provide meals to schools

This also applies to single parents who are key workers of the above categories where the child only lives with one parent and has no alternative provision. 

School will be open for normal hours although extended provision is available from 8.00am - 4.00pm. 
Please complete the keyworker information form below to confirm that you fit into one of these groups along with your requirement of days as obviously many of these key workers work shifts so will not require every day. The purpose of this facility is to help key workers and to minimise the number of children in school.

Click here to download the Key Worker Information Form.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the Government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.  To this end, schools are either closing or partially opening with limited staff to provide childcare for parents who otherwise could not complete work that is critical to the COVID-19 response.

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.’

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.  ‘And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.’

Click here for information on Key Worker roles/sectors

If you think you fall within the critical categories described in the above link you should confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.  If it is and you have no other option for childcare then please contact the school to discuss possible childcare days.

Children must not attend school if this has not been pre-arranged with the school.  

At present we do not have details regarding lunch provision therefore on Monday please provide your child with a packed lunch.

 

HOME LEARNING INFORMATION 

While the school is closed, teachers at Hunwick Primary School will endeavour to provide you with guidance and support which will enable you to provide valuable home learning opportunities. We appreciate all home circumstances differ widely, and any support given would be greatly beneficial.

Every Monday morning, there will be a weekly plan of learning objectives and linked resources available for each year group. These will be posted to pages which you can get to from the front page of the website or through the links below. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the school. 

All children will be provided with an exercise book and stationery along with website passwords/usernames and any additional resources provided by the teacher.

If you need to contact a member of staff, please do so by emailing hunwick@durhamlearning.net.

 

LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF, LOOKING AFTER YOUR CHILDREN

There is a lot of uncertainty around the current COVID-19 outbreak, particularly given that the situation is constantly developing and the information about the virus remains incomplete.

Understandably, this is causing a lot of worry and anxiety for people. Having children and young people at home, often when people are trying to work themselves, adds another layer of stress. It is therefore important to not only consider our physical health during such challenging times, but also to pay attention to our mental health. It is normal to feel worried, stressed and anxious when we are faced with uncertain situations, but the sooner we acknowledge and learn to take care of our mental health, the healthier and better equipped we’ll be to cope with the situation we're having to face.

The document linked below provides some ‘hints and tips’ to go with the work that the school has sent home for them to do. The information and resources  give you some ideas about how to help keep yourself and your family emotionally well during this time. There are links to mental health resources, learning resources and organisations that may be able to help.

Click here to download Looking after yourself, looking after your children.