Announcements

Key worker update

Dear Parent/Carer,
Following my letter to you yesterday, very late last night the Government clarified what they mean by Key Workers/critical sector. The overriding principal from the government is that those children who can be safely cared for at home should be. Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
As you will understand, we have limited capacity at this time but will do everything we can to support our most vulnerable children and families at this time.
They have identified Key Workers/critical sector staff as staff in the following employment:
• Those who work in health and social care (including nurses, doctors, social workers, care workers, etc)
• Those who work in education and childcare (including nursery and teaching staff, specialist education professionals, etc)
• Those who work in key public services (including charities and workers delivering key frontline services, etc)
• Those who work in local and national government who are essential to the Covid 19 response
• Those who work in the food and other necessary goods industry (including those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery and those who provide other essential hygienic and veterinary medicines)
• Those who work in public safety and national security roles (including police, fire and rescue, etc)
• Those who work in transport systems (including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass)
• Those who work in utilities, communication and financial services (including those who work in banks/building societies, call centre staff, postal services and delivery)
Please refer to Gov.uk for further details.
In light of the above, if you believe your child would now be eligible to attend school please complete the form below.
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Parents who are eligible and who have informed us that they wish to take up the provision will receive a separate letter with information regarding Monday.
Please be aware that selected children who are eligible to be in school from Monday onwards, are unlikely to be following usual timetables or taught by their usual adults and
will most likely be taught with mixed age groups. Additionally, those with ECHPs may not be supported by the usual staff or be in their usual learning spaces and many of the usual school provisions/practices will not be in place. Regrettably, it is also highly unlikely we will be able to provide consistent staff for children attending during this period.
If your child is currently self-isolating but will be eligible to attend school based on the criteria above, please click here.
As I explained in my letter yesterday, unfortunately we have been directed to close to all other pupils from Monday and this remains the case.
For all children eligible for Free School Meals, regardless of whether they will be in school from Monday, please look out for a separate letter outlining arrangements for the collection/distribution of the basic packed lunch provision which will be provided.
We are today sending home learning packs for the remaining year groups (Y3/4/5) and will update you via text and email messages and the website as to ongoing remote home learning provision if we remain closed for an extended period. Please be aware that national testing (e.g. SATs) will not go ahead in any year group for the rest of this academic year.
Whilst the school is closed, our duty and responsibility to safeguarding our children remains. Our regular check ins with families needing a bit of extra help and support will continue throughout the period of school closure, just as if the school was open. Please do not feel offended if a member of school staff calls to check in with you, and to speak to your child. If you have any safeguarding concerns whilst the school is closed, for your child or for any other child who attends this Academy, please contact the school office as a matter of urgency.
At the current time I am unable to tell you when we will be able to open again to all children but can assure you that as soon as we are have further information regarding this, we will update you. If during this time you change your phone number/email address, move house or haven’t as yet given us any of this information, please do so as a matter of urgency so that we can keep in touch with you to keep you updated.
I would like to assure you that we are fully committed to supporting both children, parents/carers, family and the community at this extremely challenging time. These are difficult circumstances that we find ourselves in and it is clear that by supporting each other we will be able to deal with the current challenges and those ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for your continued support and let you know that like yourselves, your children (and the staff) have all been amazing at this difficult and uncertain time.
Please look after yourself and all your loved ones.