As you are aware, the school will be closed for an indefinite period to most pupils as instructed by the Department for Education. We are however open to vulnerable groups of children and the children of those identified by the government as key workers. Please note that the very strong advice from government is that as many pupils as possible should be cared for at home throughout the period of closure.
We have already spoken to the parents of vulnerable groups directly. To ensure I am protecting my own staff during this national pandemic, please note that even if one of the parents is a Key worker or parents of a vulnerable child, you should only consider sending your child to school if this is an emergency measure for you, and as the government state,: ‘because you cannot keep your child safe at home.’
If you need to use school for child care then you must share your employer details so we can confirm that you meet the exceptional criteria for key worker status. Please bring proof with you on Monday morning so that we can verify your need for this provision before you leave your child at school. Even though we would like to support as many of you as possible, I am sure you will appreciate that school staff have their own health, families and childcare to consider.
In order to properly safeguard pupils, they must either attend for the full day or not at all. The government is clear that school will look more like ‘childcare’ than education from Monday, so children of different ages will be grouped together with teachers and teaching assistants delivering a range of activities through the day.
Unfortunately, there is likely to be some inconsistency with staffing even though we hope to work to a rota. I want to remind you that we will be open from 8.30am to 3.30pm each day and will try to keep the provision going through the Easter holidays if needed. There is also no before or after-school provision for any children. The kitchen will provide lunch for children in school and a packed lunch for children who qualify for Free School Meals but are not in school. These must be pre-ordered and can be collected at 11.45am from the front of the school. Once I have more details of the proposed voucher system I will let you know.
Teachers will be updating the website with work and activities for children to do at home and I hope that you will spend some time each day working through the home learning packs that were sent home on Friday or the activities on the Parents’ and Children’s areas on the school website. It is important that children continue to learn at home so we can pick up where we left off when they eventually return to school.
I would like to thank you all for working with us at this difficult time and I hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy. I look forward to seeing you all again once the Government feel we can go back to our normal lives.