Shenton Primary School

Empowering and nurturing young minds to achieve excellence

Letter to parents 18.3.2020

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform you that as the numbers of families and staff self-isolating increases, it is becoming more difficult to keep the whole school open. We are however hopeful that we can manage the whole school at least until Friday.


We also know that many of you are worried about risks and why we are trying to stay open.

If you choose to self-isolate, we will support you, all you have to do is let us know that this is what you are intending to do.

If someone in your home has symptoms, tell us and we will authorise absences for 2 weeks.

If someone in your home is 'vulnerable', tell us and we will authorise absences for 12 weeks.

For children that are self isolating we have produced a homework pack. Please send a friend or neighbour that is not self-isolating to collect it for you.

These will be available to collect from the main hall on Friday between 9.30 am and 11 am, and 1.20pm and 2.45pm.

 Why are we staying open?

One of the reasons we will continue to try and stay open is to support essential services as families self-isolate. 

We will need all staff that work in the NHS including hospitals, doctor surgeries, dentists and other health care services. We also want to support families where parents work as part of other emergency services for example the fire brigade and police.

Other essential services will include parents working in supermarkets and other food shops, or food delivery services. Also parents working within essential council services.

If you work in any of these areas, and if you would need child care support if the school closed, we would like to know.

Please email us or phone us 0116 2628778 or come to the school office telling us:

Your name and all your children's names plus classes.

What your job is.

Your employers name/address/contact details.

Whether you have anyone at home to look after your children if the school closed.


If we have to close classes we will inform you as soon as we can, we will give priority to any children of parents without childcare, that work in the above areas.


Finally, another impact of families self-isolating can be less money in the home, as you can not work. Please let us know if you have lost your job/income and we will try to find support for you.


We are one community, and we will help each other as best as we can. Please let me know if there is anything else we should consider.

We will continue to keep you up-to-date as we receive updates from the Government and public health England.