20th March, 2020
Dear parent / carer
The latest government update for schools has just been published and it states that parents have been asked to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
On Monday 23rd March, the school will be closed to all pupils to allow us to plan and ensure we have safe provision for those children for whom we will be remaining open. From Tuesday 24th March, we will AIM to stay open for children where:
both parents are key workers, or where you are a sole parent and a key worker, and you have no way of ensuring your child will be safe at home, e.g. older sibling, other family member, friend, etc.
or your child is classified as vulnerable and you do not share your household with anyone over the age of 70 or anyone who has a condition that is particularly at risk from coronavirus.
The vulnerable children list includes:
Children supported by social care
Those with safeguarding and welfare needs
Children on child protection plans or child in need plans
Looked after children
Children with EHCPs
The key workers list includes:
Health and social care (nurses, doctors, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers etc.)
Education and childcare (nursery and teaching staff)
Key public services (justice system, religious staff etc.)
Local and national government (this only applies if the role is essential to the COVID-19 response)
Food and other necessary goods (e.g. delivery drivers)
Public safety and national security (police, armed forces, fire and rescue, prison staff etc.
Utilities, communications and financial services (workers must check with their employees that their role is critical for the continuation of essential public services)
The full list can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
As a school, our first priority is to make sure that we can offer safe provision for the children in our care. Once we have all of the information we need we can assess what we are able to offer based on our capacity which, during these challenging times, is greatly reduced. We will then AIM contact you by 2pm on Monday 23rd March to inform you if we are able to offer your child a place in school at this time. We will also need to continually reassess this provision over the forthcoming weeks.
We therefore ask that all families evaluate their own circumstances and consider whether this provision is absolutely necessary. If we are unable to accommodate all of the children seeking a place in school, we will be using guidance from the NSPCC on which age groups are safely able to work at home without direct supervision.
If it is at all possible for children to remain at home, then they should do so. But where this is not possible, please complete the form by clicking on the link below ONLY IF you believe you fall into one of the above categories. You must have filled this form in by Monday 23rd March at 8am so we can make a decision from a safeguarding point of view as to the provision we can offer. If you have already contacted us at school regarding this situation, you MUST still complete this form:
Please be aware that the school bus services will not be running from Monday for the foreseeable future. We have been advised that public bus services will be running on a Saturday service and you will need to check that your child will be able to travel into school.
Thank you for continuing to work with us during these challenging times.