20 March 2020 (by admin)
Message from Mr Wright
We have received some clarification on the position of schools on Monday for those children of key workers.
The first thing I would say is that the ultimate aim remains to keep the number of children in school to an absolute minimum, to comply with social distancing guidance. We have been asked to facilitate pupils in school whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 team who would have otherwise NO OTHER OPTION but to stay at home. Therefore, this would apply to SOLE parents and families where BOTH parents are key workers. Who have absolutely no other child care arrangements and would have to be off work.
If you are in the category listed below as a sole parent or both parents, we would ask you to contact the school office today if your child will need to attend school on Monday. If you work part-time we would state that pupils are only to be in on your working days. School will only operate in normal school hours.
As you know we are a large school and already working with a depleted staff. Parents must only use this provision if absolutely necessary. We will have a skeleton staff working in school from Monday.
When in school the pupils will be in composite year group classes and facilitated in the completion of activities in their home learning packs. Lunch at this point will be via packed lunch only, until we are informed otherwise.
Children will be required to be in school uniform.
Please note our only understanding of “vulnerable pupils” are those accessing some services such as counselling. More information is to be provided later.
The following headings have been provided for key workers, but more detail will follow here in the coming days.
Health and Social Care: doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers and home carers.
Education and Childcare: education professionals who remain active during Covid-19 response.
Public Safety and National Security: police, fire and rescue, prison.
Those keeping air, water, road and rail transport modes operating.
Utilities: staff needed for oil, gas, electricity and water and key staff in telecommunications, post and waste disposal.
Food production and processing and those essential to the provision of key goods (e.g. hygiene, medical).
Key national and local government.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we get to grips with an ever changing situation.