Friday, 20 March 2020

Parental information update -20th March

As I am sure you are aware,the Secretary of State for Education gave a public statement that all schools in England would be closed from the end of the school day on Friday 20th March until further notice.

Having indicated that all schools would be closed, he then indicated that they would be expected to remain open for the children of key workers and for those in various vulnerable categories – providing a safe place and access to meals.

Please only complete the form to send your child to school if one parent is a key worker - with no one else at home or you are a family with additional needs. .

Government guidance states that if children can stay at home, they need to do so to help social distancing.

Key principles from guidance

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Key workers are classed at this time as:
NHS staff
Social care  workers
Police officers
Court staff
Religious staff
Some government staff
Super market staff
Army and MoD
Fire Services
Prison and probation
Schools and nurseries
Transport workers
Infrastructure inc gas and electric
Some financial services
Delivery Workers

Thank you for your continued support at this time.