Current Situation (as of 21st March, 10.30am)
Plans for the educational provision have been sent to all registered critical workers. A copy of the letter is included below.
Parents have been notified if they are not eligible for educational provision. Information on what constitutes a 'critical worker' has been added to the documents below,
FAQ section below has been updated.
Update (20th March, 5am)
To support the efforts to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus, schools are being asked to close their doors and Friday 20th March will be the final day of ‘school’ for the foreseeable future. The school will however, continue to provide child-care for (1) vulnerable children and (2) children of ‘key workers’.
Information about these definitions is provided in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) further down.
We have been asked to do our best to ensure that the number of children in school is as low possible and therefore could I ask that where families of key workers are able to provide effective child care themselves they refrain from sending children to school. Obviously, we would not expect families to use ‘vulnerable adults’ such as elderly grandparents as childcare.
As a matter of urgency, please can I ask all parents who meet the criteria and require a school place from Monday to complete the linked Google Form by 1pm today so that we can begin planning. Click on the red text to access this
Having this information as soon as possible will mean that we can plan up until Easter in the first instance and get this information out to you.
We will then contact all registered families to confirm that they are eligible and can attend from next week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I qualify as a ‘Key Worker’?
A list of what the government have designated as ‘Key Workers’ is provided overleaf. If you fall within the critical categories 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.
What is designated a ‘Vulnerable Child’?
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. The school will be in touch with these families directly.
If only one parent or carer is a critical worker, can I send my children in to school?
Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required although if alternative arrangements can be made to minimize the number of children in school, they should be.
Will Breakfast & After-School Club still be running?
Normal hours of 8.45am to 3.15pm will continue with extended hours between 7.30am and 5.30pm for vulnerable children and those of key workers.
I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child but I don’t want to send my child in to school or childcare, do I have to?
Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. There is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker or we will work with you to assess the best option for your child.
What about school lunches?
On the Google Form, you can indicate if you will be providing a packed lunch or not. There will be a school lunch available to anyone who wants one but we can’t always guarantee what it will be!
In this time of ‘crisis’, we will be waiving all costs of school meals – one less things for us all to worry about!
Do the children need to wear school uniform?
Children should wear a school jumper/cardigan and then its own choice of clothes. School shoes need not be worn.
Will there always be a first-aider on site?
Yes. About 90% of our staff team are trained first aiders.
Who can I contact at the school?
All SLT will maintain their emails but please be aware that we have a protocol in place that teachers are only asked to check their emails daily and respond within 24 hours of an email being sent.
What if I need to contact the school urgently?
We have set up a dedicated SLT mobile phone number for this purpose – you can call or text (please remember to add your name!) The number has been provided via ParentMail. Please only use this for urgent messages and it will only be accessed during working hours.
Will the school be open over Easter holidays for childcare?
We are planning that the school will be open for children of Key Workers and will publish more information about this as soon as possible.