20 Mar 2020

20th March 2020


Dear Parent/Carer

I would again like to thank you and your children for their calm and measured response to the ever-changing world at present.  We are following the most up to date advice, but this may change before the end of today.

In accordance with direction from the Department for Education and Lancashire County Council Education Authority, Archbishop Temple School will open from Monday, 23 March 2020 supervised by our school staff who are not ill or not self-isolating for the following children only:

If your child is not in one of these categories, they MUST not come into school. The latest information states:

“And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.  If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.  That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.  It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children.  But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.”

If your child is included in any of the identified categories and alternative childcare is not available for you, your child is invited to study in school.  In this case, pupils will attend school wearing their uniform from 9am to 3pm every day (Monday to Friday); they must leave promptly at 3pm.  Students will follow their usual timetable and engage in the learning activities set on Firefly for all pupils.  The school catering facilities will not be available, and so pupils will need to bring a packed lunch every day.  School buses will not be running from Monday, 23 March until further notice; therefore, you will need to arrange transport to and from school for your child.

For safeguarding reasons, it will not be possible for these pupils to only attend school for some of the days or selected hours within the day.  Hence, if you choose to send your child to school, we expect them here every day, all day, unless they become ill or are self-isolating.

May we reiterate all other children are to study at home and not come into school.

As already stated, the national situation is changing on a daily, if not hourly, basis.  As such, we will endeavour to update you, as we are able via our school website and Parent App.

With sincere thanks for your on-going support and understanding.

Yours sincerely



Mrs Julie Siddle
Acting Headteacher

Letter to Parents/Carers - 20th March 2020