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Staff Shortages Force Closure of Pickering Junior School

Staff Shortages Force Closure of Pickering Junior School

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:40pm 17th March 2020.

Pickering Community Junior School has been forced to close until further notice due to a shortage of staff.

In a letter to parents Head Teacher Michaela De Barr said the number of staff members self-isolating has made it impossible to continue to keep the school open.

There have been no cases of Coronavirus at the school. The letter to parents says the school will remain closed until at least the end of the Easter Holiday.

Dear parents and carers

I regret to inform you that, following the need for a high proportion of our staff to self-isolate due to the spread of the coronavirus,we will have to close the school due to staff shortages with immediate effect.

Can I please take this opportunity to reassure you that we do not currently have any known cases of the virus.

We are extremely sympathetic to the challenges that this presents to you as parents and carers but as you will appreciate, these are challenging times and I must act in the best interests of the health and safety of the children and my staff. At present, we are anticipating that the closure will be in place until at least after the Easter holidays but we will continue to update you via email and our school website. During the period of closure, please be assured that we are not expecting parents to assume the role of full-time teachers! However, you will understand the importance of ensuring that your child continues with their learning so much as is reasonably practicable, particularly those Year 6 pupils who are due to sit their Key Stage 2 SATS next term.

In order to help with this, teachers will be using the class pages on the school website to share daily activities and worksheets which you and your child will be able to access from home. These activities will be available from Wednesday afternoon. I also attach a selection of educational websites which I hope that you will find useful over the coming weeks. Understandably, these activities will be no replacement for the quality, full time education that your child normally receives but these are extraordinary times. We will do our best to ensure that your child’s education continues, albeit in a different way.

Please be assured that,although you will not be able to contact us via telephone or in person, you will still be able to send email messages to any member of staff via admin@pickering-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk. During the period of closure, our aim is to respond to all email enquiries within 24 hours during the working week. In addition, class teachers will also make telephone contact with your child on a weekly basis (except during the normal Easter holidays). Please be aware that this call will come from an ‘unknown’ number. If the teacher is unable to get through on the primary contact number, they will leave a voicemail message, informing you of when they will call again.Many thanks for your continued help and support. We will miss the children greatly and wish you and your families the best of health over the next few weeks.

I will continue to keep you updated.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M De Barr


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zara, on 17th March 2020 6:52pm
well thats one way for the schools to close their schools. Hope they enjoy their extended holidays, wonder how many of the staff will suddenly be okay again now.

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