Key Workers and vulnerable children update
Key Workers and vulnerable children update
Dear parents and carers,
We can confirm that Holy Trinity will be closed for all children, except children of key workers and vulnerable children. The children will need to come into school in their school uniform, their PE kits and their year group packs (which we sent home on Thursday). The criteria for key workers is set out below. We will contact you if your child falls into the vulnerable child those with an Education and Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and those who have a designated social worker.
Breakfast Club and all after school provision will be cancelled until full school life resumes.
If you think you fall within the critical categories below 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. In this case please contact the school office, as soon as you are able so that we can confirm numbers for Monday or email email@example.com .
I cannot stress enough two things; this is child care and not education. If children can stay safely at home, they should and, if at all possible, parents should only send their children to school if they absolutely have no alternative.
This is taken from the Government directive;
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
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.
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.
From Monday, school will be open only to pupils who we have agreed to take. Please don’t assume that your child is permitted into school without checking with us first. We will be operating on a skeleton staff. By operating in this way, we will be able to open for the same purpose over the course of the Easter period and beyond.
School times are from 8.45am to 3.30pm. There will be no provision before or after these times and we ask that you totally respect this.
If your child is not in school, you have received a pack of work to complete over the next few weeks. We are looking into what provision will look like after Easter should school remain shut.
During difficult times, I believe that we need to support the local companies that have supported us. Therefore, if your child is attending school from Monday, I would be fantastic if you could order a school dinner if you are in KS2. By doing this, we are supporting Sue Brady and helping to ensure that they remain solvent for when we reopen. If you are unsure on how to order, please speak to Mrs Caldecott or me and we will support you through the process. Alternatively, you can provide a packed lunch if you prefer.
If you consider yourself to be ‘on the list’, please get in contact with the school immediately.
Graham Shore | Head Teacher
Tel: (01249) 812424
Holy Trinity Church of England Academy
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