Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents/Carers, The government issued further guidance at midnight last night to schools which I would like to share with you as our latest position. The most recent guidance on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear: IF CHILDREN CAN STAY AT HOME SAFELY THEY SHOULD IN ORDER TO LIMIT THE CHANCE OF THE VIRUS SPREADING. School should only stay open for those families who ABSOLUTELY need to attend and whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response. PLEASE can we ask that, if at all possible, you keep your children at home. Many parents who work in these critical sectors are still able to keep their children at home and the government is clear that children should stay at home if at all possible. However, if your child is classed as vulnerable, we will have notified you directly, or has a parent who is a critical worker and alternative arrangements CANNOT be made, then we will be available if you need us. Please follow government guidelines and ensure that your children are not mixing socially in a way that can continue to spread the virus. Please see below the government advice on critical sectors as published: If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision: Health and social care This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment. Education and childcare This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach. Key public services This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting. Local and national government This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies. Food and other necessary goods This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines). Public safety and national security This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas. Transport This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass. Utilities, communication and financial services This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors. Please can we ask again that you notify us today if you believe you fall into one of these categories and if you require our services. However, please can I re-iterate that, as the situation continues to evolve, we may need to review our situation on a daily basis. The letter sent out last night is still valid, I just wanted to clarify the position on key workers and what is being asked of schools. Regarding Free School Meals, there has still been no further guidance and so we will advise you again later today IF possible. Regarding the Easter holiday provision, PLEASE give us time to ascertain what that service may look like and we will again clarify this as soon as possible. I am SO sorry for the bombardment of letters and emails and I hope that this may calm down a little next week. In the meantime, please help us to keep your children safe by only sending them to school if absolutely necessary and they fit into one of these criteria. Please take care and be safe. Please see the link below for parents: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers Please read the letter attached regarding Lunch Provision Next Week. Mrs Patricia Scott Headteacher