Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, we now have some further guidance about the key workers we can remain open for. The list we sent yesterday now includes social workers, essential justice system staff, essential local government staff (to the COVID-19 response), armed forces and essential MOD staff, pharmacists, Highway Agency traffic staff, essential utility, communication and financial staff.
HOWEVER – we have to prioritise for “a limited number of children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response, and cannot be safely cared for at home.” We understand that there have been contradictory and unhelpful messages in the press regarding whether this relates to one or both parents. The only point of schools closing is to limit the chance of the virus spreading. This would be pointless if we stayed open for any more than a very limited number of children.
SO TO CLARIFY – In order to have a place, children need to have both parents, or are only living with one parent full time, who is a critical worker. This is the advice we have received from the Local Authority. Additionally, DfE guidance states that children should only come to this provision when their parents are at work, and cannot be safely cared for at home.
If you feel you fall into this category, or if you have already notified us and no longer fall into this category (following further clarification) or now have alternate provision, please let the school know today. We will need to draw up registers for this group this afternoon so need to know as soon as possible.
Please note – the provision is childcare to enable the critical response to keep running. There will be no educational input other than time to work on packs sent home.
If circumstances change, and you are called up for any of these activities during the closure, and therefore fall into this category, please let the school know.
We will be sending further information out later today about provision for Monday for those children offered a place.
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