Friday 20th March 2020
URGENT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON CLOSURE OF EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS PUBLISHED 19 MARCH 2020
As you will be aware, we are currently facing an unprecedented situation as we work together to try to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the country.
Late yesterday evening, the Government released two key documents to guide parents/carers and educational settings in the closure of schools in the UK from the end of the school day on Friday 20th March to help reduce the spread of the virus. These two documents can be accessed via the following links:
These documents make it clear that as a country, we need to do all we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and that the scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of the virus is for children, wherever possible, to stay at home and not attend school.
Where possible, schools are asked to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
As a school, we have been working hard to respond to information from the Government as soon as it is issued and plan for how we can meet the needs of our children. We are, as always, committed to doing the very best for our children and the Safeguarding of children remains our priority. We have worked hard to be able to be one of the educational settings that can provide childcare for the children of the country’s key workers and for our most vulnerable children.
In order to ensure we are working together to reduce the spread of the virus and protect our children and their families and our staff and their families, we ask key workers and parents/carers of vulnerable children to therefore read the attached Government documents carefully. These documents make it clear that:
‘Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.’ (1.8 Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers).
The definition of the workers who are classed as key workers can be found in the document ‘Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision.’
The guidance states:
‘If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, (please refer to document for list) and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your child will be prioritised for educational provision.’
If you feel that this criteria applies to your family, then please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to confirm:
• Your child’s/children’s name,
• Your child’s/children’s class,
• Your current employer including role,
• The childcare days required from 23rd March to 27th March (this will be reviewed weekly as we know most key workers work shifts).
For eligible children, school will be open from 8.00 am until 3:30 pm. Children should wear school uniform, bring a water bottle and a packed lunch, unless they are eligible for free school meals, in which case lunch will be provided. All children will be offered a breakfast of toast, bagels or cereal.
Confirmation of your child’s place will be provided by text. Please do not just arrive at school without having received confirmation of your child’s place, as we need to ensure staffing is in place for the numbers of children we have.
Please be aware that should we have a suspected case of the Coronavirus in school, this could lead to closure for all pupils with immediate effect, with all those exposed to this risk needing to then be isolated. If your child is eligible to attend and you make the decision to send them to school, then please have a plan in place should this take effect. Please also ensure we have two emergency contact numbers for your child in case we need to contact you in order to collect your child from school. In line with Government guidance, these should not be those advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
Thank you for your continued support in working together to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Mrs Andrea Hall