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March 19th

We will use this page, as well as texts and emails, to keep you informed of any decisions affecting St Margaret Ward as soon as possible.

We will continue to be guided by Government advice on all matters in relation to Coronavirus. In addition, I am in regular contact with other Sale schools to ensure we are all providing a response that is as consistent as possible.


School closure

All schools in England, including ours, will be closed to the majority of pupils after Friday.

From next week, they will only be open to some children, including those of key workers.

Schools are now trying try to digest the details of the announcement and have begun discussions about how this will work in practice. We will update you accordingly.


Are you a key worker?

The details of who is classed as a key worker has not yet been fully announced by the government. However, from statements so far, we definitely know it will be NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers. 

We also assume it will be other emergency services staff, as well as teachers, teaching assistants, other school staff, social workers, prison staff and perhaps other supermarket staff. There will be many others as well.

If you think you would be classed as a key worker, please let us know as soon as possible.

For these children, it would also be useful to know whether you intend to bring them into school on Monday or in the coming weeks.

Please call into the school office or ring us on 969 9852 or email

We will contact the parents of those with EHCPs, or the other groups mentioned, separately today.  


Home Learning

In preparation for the partial closure of school, various packs and emails have been sent out. Here is some information that I hope you will find useful.

This is what has been sent out:

  • Paper copies of Home Learning Packs for pupils (EYFS to Year 5) to complete as directed by teachers.
  • Emailed copies with answers, parental guidance and also practical ideas for parents (EYFS to Year 5).
  • Passwords for any online apps your child(ren) uses (sent home with pupils yesterday).
  • Year 6 only – past papers to be completed as directed by Mr Coyle and Miss Flynn.

How do children already absent still get the pack?
In these cases, the work pack can be emailed to parents within the next 24 hours. 

My child is off but I still want a paper copy of the pack. What do I do?
If you are already self-isolating due to you or a member of your household displaying symptoms, you may ask someone else to collect it from the school office.  Please do not come to school yourself. 

If your child is absent for another reason (e.g. other illness or Nursery closure), then you may of course come to school as normal.

What other arrangements are there for my child to complete work during the closure?
Communication about class work will take place via Seesaw (that is the class blogs).
As well as the paper packs, a large part of the work during this period can also be completed on one of our online apps (e.g. Mathletics, TT Rockstars, Spelling Shed, Purple Mash, Oxford Owl).

Finally, just to let you know that we are also working on a section on the school website that will hold all of the useful home learning information for parents. We will let you now once it has gone live.


Current advice for parents

If one person in your household has one of these symptoms, however mild, then ALL members of the household should stay at home for 14 days. This is even if the rest of them do not have symptoms.   

Symptoms are:

  • a high temperature. You feel too hot to touch on your chest or back. If you have a thermometer, Public Health say a high temperature is 37.8C or higher;
  • a new, continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly.