Covid-19 updates

Letters to parents and carers from Crawley Ridge Infant School

Letters are posted at the bottom of this page 

Please go directly to the links below for the latest advice from the NHS, Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE)

Contacting school

From 1st June

  • If you wish to communicate with school, including to speak to your child’s Bubble leader, please phone the school office on 01276 27546 or email  The office is staffed from 8.30 am to 3 pm each day; however, we ask that you call after 9.30 am, unless you need to report your child’s absence or to share urgent information.  If the nature of your enquiry is not urgent, please call after 9.30 am.  Mail intended for school should be placed in the letter box at the main entrance.
  • For children returning to school, please phone the office or use the ParentMail absence reporting app before 9.30 am if your child is unwell and will not be attending school.
  • 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

17 June 2020 - New NHS handwashing video to sing along to...

The DfE says: 'It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.'

Sing happy birthday along with this handwashing video from the NHS:

16 June 2020 - Two Year 1 Bubbles return to school

Today we welcomed Year 1 children back to school for the first time since lockdown.  Two Bubbles will be in school part time over the next two weeks with a third Bubble returning for two weeks from 29th June.

30 May 2020 - Children returning to school on 1st and 2nd June 

We are looking forward to welcoming back to school on Tuesday 2nd June all those children in Reception whose families have indicated that they wish their children to return.  School will be open as usual for all children of Key Workers from Monday 1st June.  All families whose children are returning to school have received details of their child's 'Bubble' and the new arrangements that have been put in place to help protect children, parents and staff.

Please could all parents note that the school building is not accessible to visitors at present.  Should any parent wish to speak to a member of staff, please contact the school office by phone or email (details above), and we will arrange a call back.   

Another change is be the 'one-way' system for entering and leaving the school grounds - this is illustrated in the map posted at the foot of this page.   

20 May 2020 - Planning for a return to school for Reception children and children of key workers

The letter circulated by Mrs Hope today (uploaded at the foot of this page) outlines planning for a return to school at the beginning of June for children of key workers and children in Reception.  We have asked key workers and parents of Reception children to complete and return the ParentMail form 'Return to school for Year R and children of key workers' by noon on Friday 22nd May to assist further with planning.  Parents have been advised that all arrangements to open are subject to change. 

12 May 2020 - Guidance issued on possible opening of schools to Years R, 1 and 6 from 1st June

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers

11 May 2020 - Boris Johnson's 'schools' announcement

Dear Parents and Carers

You, like us, heard for the first time from the Prime Minister this evening about their possible next steps to move the country forward from ‘Lockdown’.

The Prime Minister shared a thought that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 may be the first to return to school in some way from early June. 

As yet we have no more information than you do about this plan.  We expect to receive some guidance from the Department for Education at some point in the next day or so, and at that point we can begin to make plans in accordance with that guidance.

In the meantime, our status is as it has been since the 23rd March – our schools are only open for those children of Critical Workers who need to be cared for while their parent(s) are at work and for those children deemed ‘vulnerable’.

Please be assured that as soon as we have had the relevant guidance and new plans in place, we will be making contact to share the relevant information with you.

Yours sincerely

Susan Hope

Executive Headteacher

DfE Coronavirus helpline

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Further information and latest advice

DfE advice for parents and carers

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers

What parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other educational settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Public Health England

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection


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  1. CRIS one way route around school
  2. Letter to parents from Mrs Hope 20th May
  3. Letter from Mrs Hope to parents 11 May 2020
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  5. TAMAT letter to parents 1 April 2020 (003)
  6. Parent and Carers - Surrey County Council letter 02.04.20
  7. Covid-19 update 160320
  8. Covid19 update 030320
  9. Coronavirus Letter to parents 26.02.20
  10. DfE - Coronavirus 04.02.20
  11. Updated HS Covid 19 Policy (June 2020)