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Dear Parents/ Carers

Due to the rise in Covid 19 (Coronavirus) infection, the government has taken the decision to close schools for a period of time.

The school will therefore be closed from Monday 23rd March until further notice.

Children working at home

During this period of closure children will be expected to complete work at home. Work will be available on Google Classroom and will include:

  • daily reading comprehension
  • daily phonics (EYFS and KS1 will need to log into Education City or DB Primary)
  • daily writing
  • daily SPAG
  • daily maths
  • weekly science, RE, PSHE
  • other subjects as appropriate for the topic

In addition children should read every day. Topic work set could include art or model making projects.

Work for each day will be posted by the class teacher by 9.30am on Google Classroom.

There is an attendance form on Google Classroom which children are expected to complete daily (Early Years will register attendance in DB primary learning Platform)  so the teacher has a record of which children will be submitting work later. Children who do not log in and complete the attendance will be followed up with a phone call to check everything is ok and they are able to access the work.

Children should submit completed work via the Google Classroom platform. Feedback from the teacher will come through this platform too.

If your child needs to borrow a school ipad to work on at home please contact the school office quickly and make arrangements to collect one from school next week.

Care Provision

The school remains open for children of key workers (see list below) and for children with certain needs on days when they are required to work. 

This is not an educational provision, it is provided as day care. Children will have an opportunity to complete school work set on Google Classroom, but there will be no formal lessons. 

Please call the school and register your child for the days you will need by 1pm on Friday if you qualify as a key worker and wish to access the childcare provision.

  • Open 8am until 4pm. These hours are flexible you can drop off or collect your child at any time between these hours. 
  • Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack provided. Please note if you normally pay for a school lunch, this will continue to apply via Parent pay . 
  • Please bring a water bottle
  • Sports provision every afternoon. Please bring/wear trainers
  • School uniform optional
  • Children will have the morning to work on Google Classroom set tasks. Afternoons will consist of creative activities, sports and storytime/reading

Key Worker Categories

This list may be updated to include other key workers as more information is made available

Health & Social Care

Education & Childcare

Judiciary, Religious Staff, Press

Local National Government (Covid-19 response)

Food services

Public Safety, National Security


Utilities, Communication & Financial Services.

Free School Meals

The government is due to announce a voucher scheme for children entitled to free school meals to last the duration of the school closure. We will update the website when more information is made available.


The majority of staff will also be working from home but there will be a skeleton staff in school every day.

The school website will have a tab for COVID 19 HOMEWORK ARRANGEMENTS which will have daily updated information, instructions for the use of Google Classroom and work for download if we experience any problems with Google Classroom.

Please note: the school does not use social media. All updates will be posted on the website.

Contact during this period will be via email: office@five-elms.bardaglea.org.uk . A member of our office staff will forward emails to the member of staff best able to help you. All Dolce registration details can be returned via email to this address.

We wish you all well during this period. We are available for families if there are ways in which we can help during this difficult time, please just get in touch.


Yours sincerely

Mrs B. A. Turner

Instructions for Google Classroom

Links to letters and other information

Contact:  office@five-elms.bardaglea.org.uk,  with any enquiries.  A member of our office staff will forward your email to the person most likely to be able to help.  Somebody will respond as soon as possible.  

We are registering parents on the Dolce System for school dinners (due to begin after Easter).  Registration details can be emailed to the office email: office@five-elms.bardaglea.org.uk

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