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Update 24/03/20

Dear Parents/Carers,
After last night’s announcement by the Government, it is with a very heavy heart that I have to inform you as of 3.30pm today school is now closing until further notice for all children, unless you are both keyworker parents.
If you are a key worker, and have no alternative provision for your child at all, please contact school immediately, so as arrangements can be made. If I have not heard from you by 2pm this afternoon I will have to assume you are keeping your child at home until after the Easter Holidays (all being well we are out of this situation by then).
It is a very worrying time for everyone and we will do all we can to support you and your family.  
All teachers will be contacting parents on at least a weekly basis, to keep in touch and offer any help or guidance you may need. This contact will be via telephone and will be from a withheld number as teachers will be working from home. I have included the teachers email address in this letter as another means of contact for you.

Thank you for your understanding and support in this very difficult time.

Update 20/03/20

There are NO CONFIRMED CASES of Cornavirus at Battledown Centre for Children & Families.

Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will be aware, with the rising number of confirmed cases the Government are taking robust measures to limit the chance of the coronavirus spreading further.
Public Health England have asked everyone to comply with their social distancing guidance to minimise the risk to those who are most vulnerable. The majority of children in our school fall into this vulnerable group due to their underlying conditions. It is therefore more important that we take all necessary measures to ensure that the health of our children is not compromised during this time.
As such, whilst children with EHCPs have been identified as one of the groups schools should provide for during the school closure period. There is no requirement for parents to take up this offer and we understand that many will want to be following the guidance around children can stay at home and not mix socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus; especially to those in the vulnerable groups. 
We are already running with reduced staff due to self-isolation, which is making it harder to safely meet the needs of all of our children. We are also trying to rearrange how we run the school so we can reduce the number of children and staff coming into contact with each other and this will create its own additional challenges. 
We will do our best to provide for all those children who will need to still attend school but we do ask for your understanding at this difficult time if we have to take steps to prioritise those with the greatest need to maintain the safety of children.
I would reiterate that social distancing is not possible in our setting, so if your child or young person has a medical need that makes them vulnerable and you can care for them at home I would recommend that you to do so. This will hopefully create the capacity for us to support the children of ‘key workers’ and those who are socially vulnerable and whose needs cannot be met at home.
With effect from Monday 23rd March 2020 our setting will be providing a programme of activities suitable for each child/young person’s individual needs. We will of course also be ensuring that all of our children and young peoples’ individual care needs are met.
Battledown will be closed to all children/young people and staff on Friday 3rd April 2020 for the Easter Holidays and will re-open on Monday 20th April 2020 for those children and young people who are attending. Obviously, this will be reviewed regularly and you will be kept informed and updated.
Should staffing numbers fall below safe levels we could have to partially or fully close provisions at quite short notice. If a decision is taken to close a provision parents and carers will be contacted directly.
We will keep you updated as further guidance is received from Central Government.  This will be communicated via the website and via email.  Many thanks for your understanding and on-going support. Please continue to look at the Battledown website for updated information: https://www.battledown.org.uk. 
I am happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have. Please contact me on nteague@battledown.gloucs.sch.uk  or on my mobile number

Yours faithfully

Nikki Teague
Acting Head Teacher

SCAM

Please be aware we have just be notified of a new scam email concerning free school meals targeting vulnerable families. This scam email states the following:

‘If your child’s schools is closed and your child is entitled to free school meals; then to send your bank details to the schools and they will help with funding while the schools are closed.’

All the links in the email are fake. Please DO NOT click the links, respond or give any bank details or confidential information.

 

Emergency School Closures

In the hopefully unlikely event of the school having to close – perhaps due to snow, power failure or sickness – there is a website to keep parents informed of the situation. Please log on to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools

We will use the Text messaging service to contact you directly as soon as possible. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date details.
Updates will also be made on local radio stations, such as, Radio Gloucestershire and Severn Sound.

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Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557