Dear parents and carers, In order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the entire country is being asked to play its part, with social distancing being the key element in our current strategy.
You will be aware that the government, as part of this strategy, has decided to close all schools in England from today except for the children of key workers and children classed as vulnerable for whom no alternative childcare arrangements are possible.
The government’s guidance states that we should 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. At midnight last night the government published the list of key sectors that we will be supporting by providing care for children of those workers for whom alternative childcare would be impossible. Full details can be found by following this link, but the identified critical sectors are: Health and Social Care Education and childcare Key public services Local and national government Food and other necessary goods Public safety and national security Transport Utilities, communication and financial services If you think that your job role falls within the critical categories above you should confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service. Thank you to those who responded to our message yesterday regarding next week and apologies in advance that, due to the lateness of key information, we are going to have to ask you to complete another, slightly more detailed form should your child fall in to one of the two key groups and you are unable to organise appropriate childcare for them. I will provide a further update later today. Best wishes, Neil Rodgers Executive Headteacher