I promised you regular updates and further to previous email, I am now writing to inform you that Saint Martin’s School will close at 4:10 pm today, 17 March 2020, until further notice. The Junior and Senior School Preps will be open this evening as usual.
We will remain partially open tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March, for children in Alice House and Junior School, in order to help with childcare arrangements. This will be more of a supervisory than an educational facility and I ask that you explore all other options first. If you are unable to organise childcare, we will be open from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm and we will provide pupils with lunch. Registration will take place in the Junior School Dining Room and Alice House Hall for these groups. Pupils need not be in school uniform. In addition, the IT Helpdesk will be fully staffed and operational throughout tomorrow in order to support the transition to distance learning for all. At this stage, pupils should check that they can successfully access the relevant school platforms from their home devices. The Helpdesk can be contacted on Helpdesk firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furthermore, any belongings not taken home today may be collected by pupils from school tomorrow before 4:10 pm. Please do check that your daughter has everything she needs to work at home in the days (and possibly weeks) ahead.
I didn’t expect to be communicating notification of closure today but given the Government’s most recent medical advice and our own operational capacity – academically, pastorally and medically – we cannot formally remain open beyond today. I appreciate that this is a worrying time for everyone and that this news may cause added burden, but I must prioritise the welfare of pupils and staff whilst in our care.
Please expect more information very soon outlining our teaching, assessment and pastoral provision whilst the school is closed. You will have this information before the end of the week.
The GCSE Art and Photography exams are postponed, and a separate email has been sent to parents. The GCSE Drama exam will happen as planned tonight.
Thank you for your understanding at this very difficult time.
Mrs R Speirs