Dear Parents

Many of you may have heard the Government announcement yesterday that primary schools, in some areas where the COVID infection rate is extremely high, will not be returning as originally planned on Tuesday 5th January. This applies to all primary schools in Southwark.

We received this information at the same time as the general public, with no prior warning. Today we had an emergency Senior Leadership meeting to ensure we are fully prepared and to be able to share with you as quickly as possible the new plans for the start of the coming term.

Snowsfields, Tower Bridge and Robert Browning will now only be allowed to provide on site education to the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Children of Key workers – If you are a Key worker and would like your child to attend school from Tuesday 5th January please contact us as soon as possible to confirm their place. You can email mowens@snowsfields.southwark.sch.uk . This email is for all 3 schools. Alternatively you can call the school office on Monday 4th January. Breakfast Club and After School Club will be available in all 3 schools for children of key workers only.

Vulnerable children – we will be contacting these families on Monday 4th January and these children will be able to return to school on Tuesday 5th January.

If your circumstances have changed and you believe that your child is entitled to attend because they are in either of the 2 groups allowed to return (children of Key Workers or vulnerable children), then please contact us.

Please do not just turn up to school on Tuesday 5th January if you have not spoken to a member of staff.

For all those children not able to return to school next week we will be providing remote learning through Google Classroom for children in Y1-6 and Google Sites for children in Early Years. Links to these sites can be found on the Home Learning page of our Federation website or on previous newsletters. If your child has forgotten their log in details or you have any questions please contact the school office.

Every morning there will be a video on Twitter introducing the learning for the day. Please encourage your child to log on every day and complete the work that is set. If your child no longer has access to a device to enable them to complete their learning online, please contact the school as soon as possible.

Monday 4th January remains an INSET day and remote learning will commence on Tuesday 5th January.

The Government will be reviewing the guidelines every two weeks. We are not sure how long this will last but are hoping to have all children back by Monday 18th January.

I will be in touch again as soon as we get any further information.

Kind regards,

Kate Wooder

Executive Headteacher