20th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,

As you now know, schools have been instructed to close for the majority of pupils until further notice. I know many people are feeling very wobbly about what lies ahead but we will do our very best to support you remotely. In reality, though we have made plans based on where we are now. Discussions, plans and thoughts are all very much centered around the words ‘For now’ as none of us quite know what the next few weeks will look like.

I would like to thank all the staff for their help, support and adaptability over the past couple of weeks and commend them for the spirit they have shown in this.

Each class teacher has prepared a pack of suggested work for your child to do at home. Whilst we would obviously hope that over this period, you will encourage your child to do a little work each day, we also recognise that none of us know quite what our family situation will look like and schoolwork, quite simply, might not be something that takes precedent.

The pack is there for you to use at your discretion. We do not want it to become another anxiety for our children. We do not want them worrying about what they have done and what they have not done. It is provided essentially to support those children and their families, who want to maintain elements of learning whilst the children are off school.

Within your pack will be a letter from your child’s class teacher, which will include their work email address. If you have questions about the work that they can easily answer, please get in touch with them. I would caution though that if teaching staff are well, they will obviously respond to you as soon as possible. If however, they are unwell, they will cease to work until they are better.

If you wish to contact me directly, please email at absence@eppingupland.essex.sch.uk

Additionally, if you wish to contact Mrs Smith about any pastoral care or wellbeing concerns, please email her at ksmith@eppingupland.essex.sch.uk and she will try her best to support you remotely.

If you have any SEND questions or queries, please email Miss Lowe at senco@eppingupland.essex.sch.uk

We will endeavour to keep you updated as information becomes available to us in a similar way to that of ‘snow days’. Updates will appear on our website, via twitter and by Parentmail. Hopefully, at least one of these means will work.

We will endeavour to do the very best we can in all of this, but hope you will bear with us as, like you all, we do not really know what we are facing.

As you will be aware, schools are required to stay open for some children. To make that work at Epping Upland, we are running two teams of staff, hopefully with enough in each team to manage should staff become ill. They will work on a rota basis of two weeks in school and two weeks from home. I think it should be noted that all our staff have offered to work through the Easter Holiday for our Key Worker families should they need to.

These are unchartered times, nothing like which any of us have experienced before. May we all wish each other well, be kind and supportive of each other and understand the challenges we are all facing. I am sure that if not already, we will be touched individually by this in some way at some point.

Thank you for your patience and understanding so far. Our thoughts and good wishes go to you and your loved ones. And as I always say to the children when term ends …… ‘Keep Safe’.

Take good care.

Sarah Hurwood
Headteacher

9th March 2020
Dear KS2 Parent

As you know, we tried a different type of Parents Evening last week where you were invited to bring your child with you so that they could hear for themselves feedback from their teacher about their learning. Pupil Voice is very much part of the new Ofsted Framework and we hoped that by doing this the children also felt able to express some of their thoughts and feelings about what is going well for them and what might possibly help them more.

In trying this, we also felt it might help the children to see how much their teacher does actually know about them, their personality, their learning, what they like to do and what they prefer not to do. It also prepares children for Secondary School Parents Evenings where they will be expected to attend alongside you.

For those of you who did choose for your child to attend with you, I would be very grateful for some feedback.

Obviously, if you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Hurwood
Headteacher

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2nd March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Following my letter last week about Coronavirus, I just want to reassure parents again that we are keeping up to date with the latest guidance from Public Health England, the Government and Essex County Council. As you know, advice is fast-moving and changing but we are regularly being updated and are responding as such.

I completely understand that there will be some anxiety among parents and carers – and in some instances the children themselves, but can assure you that we are following advice and recommended procedure and will continue to do so. As always, the safeguarding and welfare of our children and our school community is our highest priority.

If for any reason, following any medical advice, you consider that you may need to self- isolate your child, please could you advise the school as soon as is practically possible.

I can also confirm that we are taking additional steps with regard to disinfecting surfaces, just as a precautionary measure.

If information or advice changes, we will, of course, keep you updated.

Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Hurwood
Headteacher