Schools closed within the next 48 hours

By Urs Cunningham | Posted: Monday March 23, 2020

As per the announcement from Jacinda Ardern this afternoon, schools will all be closed within the next 48 hours. They will remain closed for the next four weeks.

What this means is that most students need to stay at home tomorrow for the next four weeks. Schools will be fully closed to everyone after midnight on Wednesday. If you are an ‘essential worker’ (such as working in health care, police, fire service, or public services such as administering welfare payments) there will be staff based at school for Tuesday and Wednesday, if supervision is needed for your child/ren whilst you make other childcare arrangements. 

Please note that along with school being closed, all playgrounds are also closed. Children should not be sent down to school to play in the playgrounds. 

We will be open throughout the day tomorrow to give out students’ Chromebooks to all parents who have signed the Chromebook home use agreement. If you signed a form at school today or sent one through to Lisa, we will have all of those at school. If you have not yet signed a form, we will have spare copies to be signed at school before you take a device. You can do this at any time between 9am-3pm on Tuesday. If possible, please send as few people as possible down to school to pick up the devices. However, we understand if you need to bring your child/ren with you for safety reasons. 

Whilst teachers are onsite tomorrow, they will confirm the first ‘package’ of home learning for all children. You will be receiving this home learning information by the end of this week at the latest. 

Thank you again to everyone for your sensible and thoughtful reactions to the announcement today. Please stay safe and well, and take care of each other. 

Warm regards, 

The Amesbury team