Dear Parents and Carers,
Following the Government’s announcement last night, please see below their decision:
‘Schools, colleges and early year’s settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.
A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office today.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.’
Please be advised that both parents need to be key workers in order to be eligible for school. Wherever possible can alternative family members be considered for childcare? My aim as Head Teacher is to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus, whilst providing support to the families who need it.
In order to assist me in planning ahead, please could you let me know if you need to consider sending your child to school during the closure period? I anticipate that there will be a very small number of children in school. Teaching the National Curriculum will, therefore, be suspended and children will not be taught in year groups.
Our school is currently operating using a skeleton staff for the foreseeable future. Your child may not be cared for by their usual teacher.
To support children eligible for free school meals, schools will be able to purchase meals or vouchers from supermarkets or local shops. How this may be done is not clear yet and further announcements are expected.
I will be contacting parents today and keeping you all updated on school arrangements. At this point, many things are very unclear, but i will keep you updated as the picture becomes clearer.