Covid-19 updates

Letters to parents and carers from Crawley Ridge Infant School

Letters are posted at the bottom of this page 

As the situation is evolving rapidly, please go directly to the links below for the latest advice from Public Health England

Contacting school

From 23rd March

  • Should you need to contact school about any of the children on site or if you need to contact school urgently, please call 01276 27546 as normal.  You may have to leave a message, but the staff member on duty will get back to you as soon as possible. 
  • For all other matters, please email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • For information relating to home learning, please use the email address provided for your child's year group:

Year R -

Year 1 -

Year 2 -

Latest headlines

23rd March - Everyone stay at home

Last night we were all - with the exception of frontline keyworkers - instructed to stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

Latest advice from the NHS:

19th March - Government announcement regarding school closures: 5 pm 18th March

Letter from Mrs Hope, sent by ParentMail 10 am

Thank you so much for your support and help this week whilst we have dealt with the challenges associated with staff absences.

The commitment, flexibility and willingness of our staff to go the extra mile for the good of our children and families during this very challenging time has been incredible. There is a lot of fear and anxiety which is understandable and which is why we feel it is so important that we continue to provide reassurance and care for your children.

The latest news from the Prime Minister that schools will close on Friday, is what we were anticipating and we will be finalising our planning to be able to support your children’s learning at home in the coming days. Pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 will have received a book for your child to use during their time at home and books will follow for Year R and for those who were absent yesterday. Details on the use of the book and other information will follow in due course. We want to plan appropriately and take into account other resources which are currently being developed (eg the BBC) so staff need some time to sort all this for you.  We will keep home learning under review as best practice is shared between staff and schools over the coming weeks and months.

Like you, schools have only just received the news that schools will open to care for the children of keyworkers and the vulnerable. At this moment in time schools are awaiting clarity as to the definition of key workers.

Once we are clear on the government definitions of the vulnerable and keyworkers we will be asking parents to let us know if they fit under these categories. Once we know numbers and age-groups we will start to organise how we will best serve these families whilst still under the  current pressures of staff who may be in self-isolation, and also providing remote learning for everyone else.

It is a challenging time for us all, but we would all agree that it is important and our duty – if fit and able to do so - that we play our part in serving our communities so hospitals and such like can continue to operate.

I am sure you may have many questions at the present time but I ask you to bear with us as we move forward over the next few days. Please protect the staff by social distancing and avoiding the office in person. We will respond to emails on the school address  but there may be delays currently as we spend time on logistics.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


18th March - Partial school closure, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March 

Letter from Mrs Hope, sent by ParentMail 2pm

Yesterday afternoon, 17th March, the Department for Education (DfE) re-stated its advice for schools to stay open at the present time.  If this advice changes parents and carers will be informed through the school’s normal communication channels (ParentMail and the school website).  Please ensure that the contact details we hold for you are up-to-date.

At the time of writing we have no confirmed cases of covid-19 amongst staff, but several members of staff are absent due to Government advice on ‘at risk’ groups and self-isolation.  Although we have been able to remain fully open so far this week, the timescales for self-isolation mean there is no prospect of immediate improvement in staffing levels and it is also possible that we will see a further increase in staff absence in the days to come.

We have therefore taken the decision to implement a partial closure of the school tomorrow, Thursday 19th March, and Friday 20th March.  The school will be closed to pupils from Diamond and Ruby Classes on both days.  All other pupils should come to school as normal.  This partial closure is to allow us to cover classes adequately and to maintain a safe and secure environment.  This will enable us to maintain a quality provision of education.

If your child is in Ruby or Diamond Class and you work for essential services, such as the NHS, the Police, Fire Services and Social Care, please contact the school office (T: 01276 27546 or as soon as possible if it is vital that your child attends school over the next couple of days to enable you to attend work.  We will be able to make some provision for your children to enable you to continue to work.

Any further closures will be based on the impact of staff absence on specific year groups.

We are continuing with our contingency plans to enable learning to continue at home should we have further closures and we will provide you with more details on home learning in due course.

Here are some ideas for learning at home for children in Ruby and Diamond Classes and for those children currently self-isolating, but feeling perky!

·         All Years – Reading books and talking about the story and pictures – guessing what will happen next

·         All Years – Practise letter formation

·         Year R – Practise their ‘tricky words’ and use sounds to write sentences

·         Number activities (counting games, shopping role play) – up to 10 for Year R and 100 for Key Stage 1

·         Key Stage 1 – To write sentences using their ‘common exception words’

·         Year 2 – Practising times tables (x2, x5, x10) and counting on in 3s

·         Year 2 – Telling the time

These are unprecedented times and I want to assure you that we will do all that we can to keep things as normal as possible for your children as we move forward.

Please keep informed about the latest developments by checking the Government and NHS links on our school website.

Thank you for your support.

17th March New self-isolation advice from the Government

Following on from yesterday's update, please note that the advice regarding self-isolation has changed.

Self-isolation is advised for every member of a family where one member develops

  • a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your back or chest AND/OR
  • a new, continuous cough - this means that you have started coughing repeatedly

The family member displaying the above symptoms should stay at home for 7 days.

All other members of the family living at the same address should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

Please visit for full details of the new family self-isolation regime.

17th March - Our school policy

At Crawley Ridge Infants we ask that you DO NOT send your child into school and keep them at home should your child or any member of your family display EITHER of the symptoms (back or chest hot to the touch or a repeating cough). Please follow the latest advice on family self-isolation ( and contact the school office by phone (01276 27546) or using the ParentMail mobile app providing all relevant details.

Should a child display any symptoms whilst at school we will call and ask that you arrange for them to be collected and taken home.

Please remember to call the school office (01276 27546) or use the ParentMail phone app to report your child's absence from school (for any reason) to the reduce load on the school office team who have to try to make contact with the families of children who are absent from school without notification.

17th March - CRIS Volunteers

We are so lucky to have wonderful volunteers who assist in school on a regular basis and make such a difference; however, following yesterday's announcements it has been decided not to have volunteers in school at the present time. We thank all volunteers for your much appreciated support and will let you know when volunteering can resume.

DfE Coronavirus helpline

Launched to answer questions aboout COVID-19 related to education - for staff, parents and young people

T: 0800 046 8687 Lines open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday


Further information and latest advice


Government updates on COVID-19

Advice for travellers

Guidance for educational settings about COVID-19

Government action plan, launched 3rd March

Help share simple and effective hand hygiene messages

Direct medical concerns

Contact NHS 111



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