Please find latest updates below.
This page will be updated daily with information provided to us from Department for Education and Lancashire County Council.
Friday 20th March
Dear parents and carers
I would like to firstly say how much we have appreciated your support this week. Our school community support has made a very difficult situation easier to manage. It is really important that we continue to follow Government advice - we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The current advice to parents is to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
As I have said previously, we will never be able to replace a classroom, teacher or teaching assistant but we have put together daily activities to ensure the impact of the current situation on your child’s education is kept to a minimum. Teachers have spent a considerable amount of time ensuring your child has a whole range of activities to complete at home throughout the school day.
These will include;
- All aspects of the curriculum including daily reading, writing, spelling/phonics, grammar, maths and RE activities.
- Daily updated class pages by 9am every school day until the Easter break.
- Year group home learning packs with activities that will be referred to over the next few weeks on the individual class pages on our website. These packs are not for children to complete all at once. Some days they will be asked to complete a few sections from their pack.
- For some year groups, we have included some assessments packs as we felt that this was a time where children could show off and consolidate what they already know. All children have worked extremely hard this year and we believe that it is important that when they return to school this knowledge and understanding is retained. These are NOT tests and should be completed purely as consolidation/revision activities of topics covered in class since September 2019.
What should I do on Monday?
If your child is at home, please look on our website under ‘home learning’ - these pages will be updated daily by 9am. If your child is coming to school because your role is critical to the COVID-19 response under the Government criteria of a Key worker or vulnerable child, these packs MUST be brought back into school everyday your child attends. We know this is a very unsettling and unusual situation. As a school, we have tried to provide home learning opportunities that will continue to develop your child socially, emotionally and academically.
During this period of time, parents/carers are advised to continually monitor the advice given by the government/public health. We will continue to send out updates.
I have also included some links below which you as a parent may find useful. They provide advice as well as great activities that you or a family member can complete with your child at home.
If you have any queries, please contact the school office firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your continued support and understanding at this difficult time. As we continue to work together, I know as a school community we will get through this. Please keep yourself safe!
All the CTK Team!
Local Authority have just updated advice and guidance and are now stating only ONE key worker. However, where possible children SHOULD remain at home as a preventative measure to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Dear parents and carers
The Government has now released the list of ‘key workers’ critical to the Covid-19.
Please ensure you read the following information carefully to enable us, as a school, to provide care for the children that need to attend school in the next few weeks.
If your child can stay safely at home they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home but has asked school to remain open, providing we have sufficient staffing levels, for those children who absolutely need to attend. We will continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and therefore cannot be safely cared for at home.
To support the national response to COVID-19, any children of families where both parents/carers, or a single parent carer, work for the NHS or in other identified professions can be accommodated in school. 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 in the link 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.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed in the link below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be cared for in school.
Please see the link below for the Government guidelines on critical workers.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- Only if it is impossible for your child to be at home, should they be sent to school
- If, your child is deemed vulnerable or has parents who are critical workers, and care at home cannot be provided safely then children can attend school
What are the next steps for you as a parent/carer?
We thank you again for your response yesterday. Whilst some professions are clearly listed in the guidelines provided by the Government, in some situations parents will be required to obtain evidence from employers of their role and whether this is classed as critical to the COVID-19 response based on their business continuity arrangements. Essentially this means parents whose specific role is necessary for the continuation of vital public services.
Please now read the newly released guidelines in the link and email school email@example.com with the following information.
- I am classed as a key worker critical to the COVID -19 response
- My current role is
- I will or will not be sending my child into school.
We need a response to these by 1pm today via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not call school as we can only quote the above information. It would greatly assist us if you are unsure whether your role qualifies that evidence is obtained from your employer and sent via email to school.
I must stress that, in line with the Government directive, children attending school will not be following the normal curriculum but care will be provided for them during school hours.
I do apologise for the delay but unfortunately it was out of my hands and I wanted to ensure that I waited until official guidelines were provided.
As a school we are working extremely hard to ensure the smooth running of the school during this difficult time. Again, thank you for your patience.
Thursday 19th March
Firstly, I would like to say thank for your patience today. Unfortunately, I have no more official guidance on the Governments definition of a 'key worker'. I was hoping that I would receive some clarity on this today.
What I currently know:
School will be closed on Monday 23rd of March 2020 until further notice
Children eligible for free school meals will either receive food parcels or vouchers. We are still awaiting confirmation on specific details regarding this provision
School - providing it has adequate staffing - will open on Monday 23rd of March for vulnerable children and children whose parents are key workers. We are still awaiting clarity on this as it has not been confirmed by the Government what is classed as a 'key worker' and whether this eligibility applies if one or both parents are categorised as a 'key worker'.
There will be no KS1, KS2, or Year 1 phonics assessments this academic year
I appreciate that some parents need to know as soon as possible whether they will be eligible for their child to attend school on Monday morning. I would like to again reassure all you all that when I have actual Government guidance I will let you know.
This is an extremely difficult time but I do not want to speculate or predict Government guidance thus further adding to parental frustrations if changes are made.
I will continue to communicate with parents as soon as I know anything more. Again, thank you all for your kind words of support through a very challenging time.
Christ the King RCPS
As we continue to work through the current situation, we are expecting that the following information will be needed from parents.
It would be very helpful if you could let us know both parent’s current profession. It is essential that both parent’s professions are known at this stage. We are obviously still awaiting guidance from the government on what professions are being classed as being a keyworker. With this information we can as a school let you know if you will be classed in this category as soon as we are given official guidance.
What is your profession?
What is your profession?
Are you a single parent?
We would also appreciate if you could let us know if - should you qualify- would you be sending your child to school.
Wednesday 18th March
Dear Parents and Carers
I am sure you will have heard by now the news tonight regarding school closures. Unfortunately, at the moment, I only know what was announced tonight and no further details. I am hoping tomorrow I will be given more guidance/clarity on what this decision means for our school. This is an unprecedented situation so can I ask parents to please continue to be patient and supportive. Tomorrow and Friday school will be open as normal for all children except those who are not well or currently self-isolating.
I will be seeking advice from school advisors and the local authority and inform parents/carers via email/school website on how we as a school follow the decisions made tonight. Can I ask parents not to call school in the morning regarding the closure of school to ensure school phone lines are free so advice can be sought.
If your child is ill, can you please report this following the normal procedure. Please be assured that all pupils whether in school or not will continue to receive the very best care and education we can give given the current situation. I know as a school community -in a time of uncertainty - we will together get through this.
Thank you for your continued support
As of yesterday, 16th March 2020, the Government advice on self-isolation has changed. The Government is now advising anyone with a new, continuous cough and/or high fever to self-isolate themselves and the people they live with for 14 days. This means that in families in which there are more than one child- all will be asked to stay away from school and self-isolate for 14 days.
If children are not in school as they or a family member are self-isolating, please let school know on the first day. From then on, you will not need to call school each day- school will expect the child/children back 14 days after their first day off.
New guidance from the Government can be found here:
Following yesterday’s announcements, we have decided all assemblies in school will be for pupils and staff only in a further step to minimise large gatherings school.
Year 3 Only
As a further precaution we have cancelled swimming on Friday’s. With regards the Sacramental Programme we have, along with the other two schools in the Good Samaritan Parish cancelled Reconciliation which was due to take part at Christ the King Church on Monday 23rd March at 7pm. This will be rescheduled and parents/carers will be notified accordingly.
As previously mentioned, please keep your eye on the school diary for any changes and check our website here for any further updates.
As a school, can we thank parents and carers for their patience and continued support during this very challenging time.
Keep safe everyone!
Monday 16th March
Please can we request when ringing school to report your child's absence, that you let us know if you have sought advice regarding your child's illness or if you are planning to self-isolate or you have been advised to self isolate for 7 days due to the symptoms they are displaying.
Burnley School Sports Partnership
We have been notified through the Schools Sports Partnership that all school sport and school games planned will be cancelled until further notice.
Internal before and after school clubs run by Mr Ashworth at Christ the King will still take place.
Information for Schools re COVID-19
Useful resources and information
What advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specified countries and areas within the last 14 days
The poster accompanies the guidance and should be downloaded, printed and displayed in all education settings. It is aimed at parents, carers, students, Headteacher’s, teaching and support team staff.
You can access the guidance and poster here:
You can find further information on the Government response here:
NHS advice – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Lancashire County Council Information - https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/your-health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus/
DfE Coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education has set up a Coronavirus helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Government Coronavirus action plan
The Government Coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
Latest Department for Education information can be found here: