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Tuesday 17th March 2020

Following Government advice yesterday, an increased number of staff have identified the need to self-isolate, a small number of whom have mild flu-like symptoms and a larger number who are doing so due to their contact within families. We stress there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the staff, family members and students at Oaklands School and Great Oaks College.

However, having reviewed the situation we do not have adequate numbers of staff to maintain a safe staff to student ratio and have therefore reluctantly decided to close the school and college until after the Easter holidays. If this situation changes, we will contact you.

We know that some of you would appreciate us providing homeworking activities to help you with your young person at home. We will be asking teachers to send you a weekly e-mail suggesting such activities. We are offering this as a support to you, we do not want to put you under additional pressure if you do not want to do this. If you would like any advice with managing your young person at home, please contact the teacher. Alternatively, you can contact the assistant head and their e-mail addresses are available on our websites. Please use these links for details:

Whilst the school and college is closed, the reception will not be open.

This is a time of uncertainty at present and if the situation has improved we plan to re-open the school and college after the Easter holidays on Monday 20th April. However, we will need to confirm this with you and we will do this via text message and e-mail.

There are a small number of parents who have not yet provided us with an e-mail address or who have told us that they do not have one, we will not be able to contact you by e-mail. Information will be sent by text and be put on our website.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Clinton

Executive Head Teacher