COVID 19 LATEST
20.3.2020 LATEST GOVERNMENT UPDATE
Key Workers: “parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors .. 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.
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
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 prioritised for education provision
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 prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
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.
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.
If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.
We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to most children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. You can email the school or speak to a member of staff and we will be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by text message, email and notices on the school website.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
A weekly grid of activities will be posted on the school website. These include some online activities.
We will continue to develop our use of online learning platforms and will keep you informed
If you do not have access to the Internet at home, please let us know and we will do our best to provide alternatives.
It is expected that work will be completed each week
The school does want you to stay in touch and we will try to help with any queries. The best way to do this is by email to the school office so that we can direct your enquiry to the right available person. You will also be able to leave messages by telephoning the school.
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
What we won’t be able to go ahead with
Breakfast or after-school clubs
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via the school email above.
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
As promised, we said we would keep you updated as soon as we knew anything.
It is challenging but we are all working extremely hard in school to maintain as much normality as possible. However, with the most recent guidance from the Prime Minister this is getting more and more difficult and I fear it may get worse before it gets better.
These are uncertain times for us all – so as I write this, we are concerned that it will be out of date before you read it. This letter is based on what we know this morning, please bear with us if by the time you get this the news has changed.
School will remain open
This is our intention until such a time that staff absence or confirmed cases of Covid-19 make it unsafe to remain open, OR the government announce school closures.
We may have to be inventive in class organisation in order to keep the school open as we have no idea when staff might be off. We may have to instigate partial closures with classes being off if a lot of staff become unwell. We will try to give you as much notice as we can.
If your child needs to self-isolate please call school to report the absence on the absence line with our normal practice. Once we are notified of a 14 day self-isolation this absence will be authorised by school and classified as ‘exceptional circumstances’ this is in line with the guidance from the Department for Education. It will not be necessary to call each day. When leaving an absence message it is important that you do not just say ‘unwell’ please let us know of any symptoms or if you are self-isolating.
In the case of all other absence, please call and report in the usual manner.
We are cancelling all events in school which are to be held before Easter. Please see the list below:
All sporting competitions which take place at other schools
Sports Club (held on a Wednesday after school)
If you have not already done so, it is advisable to download Twitter and Follow us. All Tweets also appear on the front page of our website.
It is very important that you let us know immediately of changes to email addresses and telephone numbers.
We will also be using the text messaging service for any urgent information you might need.
Work for pupils
We will provide work for children who are self-isolating but please bear with us whilst we get this sorted. We will then arrange with you as to how to access this. We cannot get the work sorted straight away but will do our best to get it to you as soon as we can.
We have cancelled imminent trips and sporting events, including swimming, until further notice.
Please see newsletter to parents 17th March below.
LATEST ADVICE 16.3.2020
- if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
We will continue to follow current government advice regarding precautions and procedures. Please be assured that we will continue to keep parents up to date if there are any developments or changes.
The Year 5 trip to the National Space Centre has been cancelled as a precaution. We know the children will be disappointed but feel that this action is necessary in the light of the government announcement today. Thank you for your understanding.