As you know yesterday, it was announced that schools will close to most students on Friday 20th March. St. Crispin’s is prepared for this event and has strong, indeed, now well-tested arrangements for supporting remote learning. Our priority over the next two days is to ensure a safe and orderly close of the school to the majority of students. This includes setting our expectations and providing guidance for students regarding their independent learning routines over the coming weeks. Especially important to us is to support students’ emotional well-being and particularly those who are very distressed regarding the change in arrangements for public examinations. We are comforting students in these circumstances by helping them understand that although this moment of assessment has been taken from them what can never be stolen is all they have learnt, all they have gained in knowledge and honed in skill. Learning lasts forever it is never devalued by not being measured.
I will write later this afternoon to all parents/carers confirming our remote learning plans, arrangements next week for students whose parents are key workers, who are vulnerable or who have an Educational, Care and Health Plan (ECHP) and confirming the partial opening arrangements for tomorrow.