At the time of writing, we are still no clearer as to which roles are considered key Workers and that therefore their children can continue to attend school. We have been assured that this information will become available later today. Many parents have caught/asked/messaged us to seek clarification and all I can say is that at the present time - I don't know.
I do appreciate it's frustrating going forward, but please bear with us.
Please also be aware that our Learning Platform (e-schools) has really struggled today and the communications we have wanted to send have been either stacked up or disappeared. I will set up a link on the Welcome page of the school website later and will keep this updated with information that we send out. To keep this simple I will title it 'Coronavirus'.
Finally and sadly there won't be a Whole School Newsletter tomorrow - our focus is likely to be on clarifying who the Key Workers are and how those parents can validate their professions in readiness for Monday. There are a couple of other things that need to be done as well.
If you do see Mrs Bourne tomorrow, please feel free to ask her what happened to the Boost Bar that Mrs Skinner had brought for me and which I was planning to eat the other day - only couldn't!
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
Schools are, therefore, 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.
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.
We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.