Dear Parents and Carers
School is open today – Friday, 20th March, 2020
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear in Department for Education Guidance published this morning. From Monday 23rd March school is closed for the vast majority of students. If your child can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SCHOOL REGARDING YOUR CHILD’S ELIGIBILTY OR QUESTION SCHOOL/OFFICE STAFF. WE WILL UPDATE YOU LATER TODAY.
PLEASE DO SEND THE LETTERS BACK IN FROM YESTERDAY – THIS WILL BE OUR STARTING POINT TODAY IN TERMS OF OUR PLAN FOR MONDAY.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors are 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.
We will be asking all parents to consider these key principles:
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.
Additionally 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.
We will have to check on the eligibility of children to be in school to achieve the Government’s aims. You MAY be asked to provide proof of employment on entry to school on Monday. This could simply include a payslip or letter/email of employment. More details later.
YEAR 6 – We will be working with our High Schools to ensure that there will be time at some point to arrange both celebration and transition.
Mr N Sheeran - Headteacher