Coronavirus Update Page
Monday 11th May
Many of you will have listened to the Prime Minister give his announcement last night and I wanted to clarify for you the current position.
The earliest considered start date for a phased return to school will be the 1st June however, that will only proceed if set out conditions are met. If schools are to re-open in a phased manner, the only year groups being considered for that currently are Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
I will be working with a small, but representative group of parents on how this could be safely achieved for all.
I want to be very clear that, whilst the Prime Minister has said that those who cannot work from home should return to work, there is no change to the current position for schools which is that schools remain closed for all except a minority of children of Critical Workers and children who are considered to be vulnerable for example, those who have a social worker.
I am afraid that this means that I cannot accommodate requests for childcare. I also fully appreciate that even if there is a phased return to schools, that those of you with children in year groups other than those in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will still have difficulty with childcare and we will be unable to support you with this. I know that this is extremely difficult for families. Our staff are all in the same position and we fully understand how stressful this situation can be. Staff share all of your concerns.
I will continue to keep you informed and will be in contact following my Parent Working Party meeting later this week.
In the meantime, I am trying to ensure that I have plans in place for a safe, phased return to school and that I also have plans for how we can continue to support families with home learning.
Thank you to all those of you who are engaging with the learning already provided and to those of you accessing the website. I hope that you enjoyed our family activities pack over the weekend.
Please keep safe and continue to follow social distancing guidance.
to ensure school emails can be accessed daily, for emergency childcare and other matters, whilst our office is shut please use: firstname.lastname@example.org
URGENT CHILDCARE SUPPORT FOR KEY WORKERS
The Government directive is clear that we must try to protect our NHS by slowing the transmission of this virus by ensuring that everyone who can be at home, must be at home. School staff are committed to our key workers but we also recognise that we must limit the number of staff being deployed in school and also the number of children congregating in one place.
Parents are now supporting this Government instruction and are trying to keep children at home where there is an adult at home to care for them. Our numbers have therefore dropped. To enable us to continue to support key workers, we are now changing our system, from next week, to require parents to contact us by 4.00 p.m. on the day before they require childcare so that we can organise the appropriate staffing level.
If this is the first time your child has accessed childcare, it will be necessary for you to provide proof that both parents are required to work outside the home at the same time.
Please ensure that, from Friday evening, you contact us via email, by 4.00 p.m. to enable us to organise emergency childcare.
If you are a parent/guardian with shift patterns, we understand that these change frequently but it would be really helpful to have these as far in advance as possible?
The school email address is email@example.com
We appreciate your support,