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  • The Willows Primary School
  • Downing Close,
  • Ipswich,
  • Suffolk,
  • IP2 9ER

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Covid-19 Information for parents.

Phased Re-Opening of School from week beginning Monday 1st June 2020.


We intended to begin the phased re-opening of our school from Wednesday 3rd June, as long as the Prime Minister tells us it is safe to do so. We will be using Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June as days to train and prepare all staff for a new way in working due to new procedures that need to be put in place.

A presentation on how we plan to re-open the school can be found here


Letter to parents about the phased re-opening of the school

COVID-19 School Closures.

On Friday 20th March 2020, the government closed all schools and nurseries in England due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Monday 23rd March 2020, all children attending The Willows Primary School are to stay at home and complete home learning work set by the school (unless their parents are key workers or they are vulnerable pupils) and other educational activities during the days the children would normally be at school. We do not know yet when schools will re-open, but we do not expect them to open before June 2020.


Childcare Provision:

From Monday 23rd March 2020, the school is providing 12 spaces for the children of 'key workers' and vulnerable pupils (those with a social worker or other agreed intervention). The number of spaces is being kept low in order to ensure the school can stick to social distancing requirements and to ensure (as best as possible) the safety of our pupils and staff. We have very few members of staff in school each day to reduce the risks of spreading the virus.


Applying for places in our Childcare provision:

If you are a 'key worker' and have no-one at the family home who can look after your child, you can apply for one of our 12 places each day by phoning the school office (01473 683178) or messaging Mr Arch via Class Dojo. Evidence that your role is classified as a key worker role will be required. 

Spaces are also being offered to vulnerable pupils (pupils with a social worker) and these are being arranged directly with the parents/ carers through the school and social services. 

All spaces must be booked at least the day before it is needed, you can not just turn up on the day!


Childcare Provision Times and Other Useful Information:

The children need to be dropped off at the main school entrance (where the school office is) at 8.45 am. When you arrive please press the doorbell to alert staff to the fact you are waiting to drop your child/ children off. Before the children come through the doors they will need to rub anti-bacterial gel into their hands and once in the school building they must first wash their hands. Please also remember that when dropping your child/children off to respect the 2 metre rule. The children need to be collect at 3.15pm. Again please press the doorbell to alert staff to the fact you are waiting. If you need a different drop off or collection time before 3.15pm, this can be arranged by prior agreement.

The children still need to attend wearing the school uniform. A cold lunch will be provided to them at no cost. The children will not be having formal lesson and may well not be supervised by the teaching staff from their class/ year group. They will complete a range of activities from fitness, arts and crafts, outdoor learning, sports, science and some basic maths and English learning.


Food Hampers

We are providing weekly food hampers for our pupils who are entitled to a free school meal (this does not include children in reception to year 2 who have a universal free school meal). Hampers come in a choice of egg, tuna or cheese and contain wraps or a loaf of bread, 5 large potatoes, 5 snacks, a bag of vegetables, butter and cucumber. Hampers are to be ordered on a weekly basis and are to be collected from the school every Monday between 11 am and 12.15 pm. 

Useful Resources for Parents/ Carers for explaining to children about COVID-19


A simple story can be found at:


A social story (pictures and words) can be found at:


The Place2be website offers some very simple advice to help parents with links to videos and other useful resources. The website can be found at:

Covid-19 Information poster

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