20th March 2020
School Closure Update
FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS, PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE AND OUR NHS
Today our school is closing to all children, except those of ‘Key Workers’. From Monday the government has stated the following –
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- Schools as they normally run are closed.
- Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
- 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.
For a small number of children and families, of ‘Key Workers’, a different child care provision is being made available. The school can only open if it is safe to do so. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors as outlined below. However, many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Our school will be open only to children as follows:
- If your child has an EHC plan or is classed as vulnerable, then provision will be available for them.
- If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed in the summary 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 childcare, support 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.
Transport – 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.
For more detail, please see the GOV.UK document that we have placed on the website – ‘Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision’
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.
If your child is attending next week and they usually have a free school meal, they will be provided with a free packed lunch. All other children will need to bring a packed lunch, as a hot meal will not be available. If your child has a free school meal but will not be attending school, they will be provided with a packed lunch. Parents can come in to collect them from the main entrance from 12pm.
Children of key workers who are attending from Monday will be asked to enter school at the usual time of 8.55am, via the bottom door. Children should be picked up from this same door at 3.15pm. Nursery children should enter and leave Nursery in the normal way and at the usual times.
We need to monitor the situation on a daily basis for staff or children in our care who are ill, so please can you ensure your contact details are current.
As previously stated, we don’t know how long this situation will last but we do hope to welcome you back to school, as soon as we are able to. Take care and stay safe.
Mrs F Lutman
20th March 2020
19th March 2020
As you will be well aware, all schools are to be closed from Friday 20th March, except for the children of ‘key workers’. This has, so far, been defined as NHS staff, police, teachers and delivery drivers.
The school will also be open to pupils with Special Educational Needs who have an Education Health Care Plan.
We are working with the local authority to support children eligible for free school meals, and we will inform you how this will be organised by Friday.
In order for us to gain an indication of numbers of children who will be attending school on Monday, if you fall into the category of ‘key worker’, please can you return the slip below to school by tomorrow morning Friday 20th March. Please can you also indicate your occupation as this information is required by the LA
However, if you are reading this via the website, please can you email your intention and Key Worker details, as below to our school email address firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow morning Friday 20th March.
We have sent the children home today with additional reading books and some home learning resources, relative to their Key Stage.
These resources have been prepared for children in each of the following Key Stages: Foundation Stage; Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. They will also be made accessible on our school website www.whitleylodgeschool.org.uk
For those children who are absent, a copy of the resources may be collected from the school office.
The resources include suggestions for a range of activities and useful website links to support home learning. The activities are as inclusive as possible and lots of fun!
Whilst undertaking the activities, a suggestion is for the children to change into their school uniform or at least their school jumper/sweatshirt. This may help you to provide a structure to the day or a semblance of routine!
We will endeavour to maintain contact with you via the school website and through our text messaging service. Hopefully, we will be advised to re-open school to all, as soon as it is deemed safe to do so and we can return to business as usual. In the meantime, I do hope that everyone stays well and that we can look forward to welcoming everyone back to school as soon as possible.
Mrs F Lutman
Name(s) of child/children: Class/Classes:
Please indicate the correct statement with a P
I am a KEY WORKER
Occupation…………………………………………… I intend to send my child / children to school on Mon 23rd March.
We are both KEY WORKERS
Parent/Carer 1 Occupation ……………………………………
Parent/Carer 2 Occupation…………………………………….. we intend to send our child / children to school on Mon 23rd March.
I/we are KEY WORKER(S) and DO NOT intend to send our child / children to school on Monday 23rd March.
PLEASE RETURN TO SCHOOL BY TOMORROW MORNING FRIDAY 20TH MARCH
download this letter – School Closure Information 18th March