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Coronavirus update – 20th March 2020

Thank you to those of you who have identified yourself as a “key worker”. We have now had more advice on the role we are playing from the local authority regarding childcare over the following weeks.

  • The guidance is that if children can stay safely at home, they should (including those of a legal age to stay at home, 14 years), to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

 

  • The Government are asking all parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible. Settings are only being asked to remain open for those children who absolutely need to attend.

 

  • Therefore, if one parent is a keyworker, and the other isn’t, the expectation is that the child should remain at home.

 

  • If both parents are keyworkers, but can keep children at home around shift patterns etc then again the child should remain at home.

 

  • The provision is only available for those children who absolutely can’t remain at home, the more children who remain at home, the less chance of the virus spreading; which is why these measures have been introduced.

 

The more children that remain at home, the less chance of the virus spreading. This is why these measures have been introduced.

Thank you to those of you who have already minimized the number of sessions you require based on your working pattern. Could we please ask anyone who can to let us know more precisely the sessions your child requires.

At this time we will be unable to provide breakfast club or any after school provision.

 

Arrangements for next week

School hours will remain as usual. Doors will open at 8.45 and the end of the day will remain the same at 3.15.

All children should enter the school through the hall door nearest the office. 

There is no need to wear school uniform. Wear something practical as we will go outside when we can.  While the children do not need a formal PE kit a pair of daps or trainers will be useful.

All children should bring a packed lunch unless you have already ordered your benefit based free  packed lunch with the office.

Please note that the children will not be following the usual timetable, the care will take the form of childcare.  There will be some educational activities but the priority is to keep your child safe and happy.

 

For information the full list of “key workers” is below :

Health and social care

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods

Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security

Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Transport

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services

Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

 

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