School Closure from 23rd March 2020
Please read important letter below:
Key Worker Update 20.03.20
Dear Parents/ Carers,
The information schools are receiving is changing by the hour and we would like to update you following the later release last night around key workers which said:
"Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritized for education provision:"
As we are also front line workers, trying to stay open with a skeleton staff to reduce the spread, we are relying on parents being able to follow the guidance above and keep your child at home if you can. The Government expectation is for key workers to receive support if they are unable to get support at home, therefore if your partner is not a key worker it would make sense that they support the pandemic and look after your child. This is a collective responsibility for society to ensure the educational service is protected for those that really need it.
The purpose of the school closure is to limit the risks to our community of spreading the virus further, by reducing the number of people (children) who need to travel from place to place and be in larger groups in a school setting. This is therefore the reasoning behind that fact that those families with 2 parents should only use our childcare service if both parents are key workers or unless directed otherwise by any ongoing updated government guidance. To clarify, if your partner is not a frontline key worker, then they should be supporting your child in this time of crisis to reduce the pressure and risk of spread in the educational setting.
If you still feel you need support, complete the updated form below with relevant details and return by 12pm (Midday) today and the school will confirm with you as soon as we know whether we are able to offer a place for your child. Obviously, as the government is trying to keep numbers in schools below 20% and are just being required to provide child care, if you are able to provide child care through other means, this would support the educational front line.
Key workers are:
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services- This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
- Local and national government-This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms-length bodies.
- Food and other necessary goods-This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
- Public safety and national security- This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
- Transport- This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
- Utilities, communication and financial services- This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service. You may be asked to provide evidence of you eligibility so that we are able to prioritize.
Education is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease and we all need to work together to ensure only those who really need the school place.
Vulnerable children- As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children where both parents are key workers and for children with an EHCP only or have an allocated social worker or are looked after by the local authority.
As yesterday, this information must be provided and returned to the school office via email or paper copy by 12pm (Midday) on Friday 20th March to enable us to arrange appropriate provision for Monday. Once we have this all this information, we will contact you to confirm whether we will be expecting your child/ren in on Monday.
Key Worker Form
Name of child/ren:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Does your child have an EHCP? Yes/ No
Does your child have a social worker: Yes/ No
Is your child looked after by the Local Authority? Yes/ No
Do you believe you and your partner are a keyworker/ are you a single parent who is likely to be considered as keyworker: Yes/No
Parent 1 keyworker Group
Parent 1 name and address of company
Parent 2 keyworker Group or job
Parent 2 name and address of company
Which days would require childcare 8:50-3:15. (Mon-Fri)
Would you utilize breakfast club 8:15-8:50 at an additional cost *
Would you utilize after school club
3.15 – 5:15pm at an additional cost *
*unless government funded.