20th March 2020

Dear Parents


Your child must not attend school until further notice unless you have had a letter from me informing you that your child has an emergency place in school.


From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:

children of critical workers
vulnerable children
The DFE have published guidance for parents and carers:
Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Critical workers
If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.
The Government has published a list of critical workers:
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social ...


Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

Message for Parents & Carers: Contact Your Local Authority( Warwickshire)



Parents and carers can contact us if they have any concerns or queries, or for information as the network of provision changes over the weeks ahead. They can contact us on the new parental helpline on 01926 412021 0800 to 1800 from Monday or check the Council’s website for further information.


Mrs Janice Simpkins


Newburgh Primary School

01926 775453