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Friday 20th March
Advice regarding Key Workers
Just before midnight last night, the government released further information regarding the closure of schools and details of ‘key workers’ whose work is critical in the battle to contain Covid-19. This is the first opportunity to look at the guidance and put plans in place in the light of this.
The underlying principles of the school closures are:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be
- Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home
The guidance states that if a parent is engaged in work that is critical to the containment of Covid-19 then their children can be cared for at school if they cannot care for them at school or by other means (Grandparents should not be looking after children). Please note that this is not our regular educational provision. As you know, we have made arrangements for this to be provided remotely.
This will be a childcare provision, and we will operate social distancing as much as possible.
Parents and carers now face some difficult decisions regarding their own work and the care of their children as we seek to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The emphasis of the guidance is that children should be looked after at home if at all possible.
School is here to support the most vulnerable and the essential key workers.
Key Workers are identified by the following categories:
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services
- Local and national government
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Utilities, communication and financial services
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
This guidance can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
If you believe that you fall into one of the above categories, and you cannot make safe alternative arrangements and are therefore intending to send your child into school during the closure period, you must let us know in advance by filling in the online form found on this link: https://a.whptrust.org/BCKeyworker, before 9am on Monday, which we will then process before replying to confirm that we can provide a childcare place.. Please do not send your child before receiving this confirmation.
On Monday, we will only be able to provide a small amount of places while we set up the childcare provision. Even if you intend to take up a place, please make alternative arrangements if at all possible on Monday.
Thank you again for your support in this difficult and rapidly changing crisis.
Mrs Gale and the Senior Leadership Team
Friday 20th March
Later today parents and carers will receive a letter with a link to a survey to apply for childcare if you are in the key worker category.
On Monday, we will only be able to provide a small number of places while we set up the childcare provision. Even if you intend to take up a place, please make alternative arrangements if at all possible on Monday.
Please phone the school office today if you think you need a place for Monday.
Thursday 19th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
By the end of school this afternoon, students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 will have collected the resources they need to keep them focussed for the next few days and can expect to have more work sent to them over the coming weeks. Students in Years 10 to 13 have all had assemblies today giving them a chance to say goodbye for now to friends and staff. Students have shown maturity, kindness and above all resilience. If your child wasn't in school today, we are arranging to have resources sent to them as soon as possible. Staff will remain in touch with their classes using Microsoft Teams.
By tomorrow we should have a better idea of the examination issues that yesterday’s announcements raised and the plans the Government, JCQ and exam boards are making for GCSE, BTEC and A Level students. We will be in touch with parents, carers and students when more information is available about this.
This afternoon, Year 7 and Year 8 students have been given their work packs and it is up to you as parents and carers to decide whether or not you wish to send your child to school tomorrow. We intend to have a short assembly with those who do come in tomorrow morning to talk through these unprecedented circumstances.
Work packs for Years 9s will be ready tomorrow morning and will be given out to children then; they will also have assemblies in the morning. We are then planning on having an early lunch at 12:00pm and all students will be dismissed by 1:00pm. Parents can collect work packs from 12:30pm from main reception if children are not in school.
This afternoon, the government should update us on the key workers list, and we should also start to have an idea about how schools will be providing childcare support. We will contact all parents as soon as possible with more details about this.
Thank you for your messages of support, they mean so much to us, as so do your children. We will continue to work hard to support our school community and your children.
Mrs Gale and the Senior Team.