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Friday 20th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will no doubt be very aware of the information released by the Education Minister yesterday evening. This confirmed the closure of all schools on Friday 20th March 2020, however, will open to staff on Monday 23rd March 2020 to support the children of identified Key Workers up to and including those in Year 10. We want to ensure that we support the children of key workers in a similar way across our schools.

To ensure safety of both children and staff we must consider carefully the potential implications of such an extensive list and ensure that appropriate steps are put in place to manage this request effectively and safely for your children.

It is worth remembering our school initially closed to minimise the risk of infection and to keep your children safe. It is essential that we are still able to comply with this ultimate reason for closure. To inform that decision, we need to be able to manage who can access the offer, otherwise the original reason for closure of schools becomes meaningless. In practice, this may mean we are not able to safely provide the offer of childcare from Monday morning, but may need a few days to organise the provision.

To support us and help us inevitably support those most in need and yet still safeguard appropriately, if requesting this provision, you should contact the school with the information required in the form below.

Points to Consider

  • Medical advisers continue to stress that the safest place for children and staff is at home with as little social contact as possible.

  • This is the defined list of key workers, issued by the Department of Education.

  • Only children with BOTH parents working as key workers, and both parents out at work at the same time, should consider attending school.

  • In single parent families, the main carer MUST be a key worker.

  • If possible, alternative childcare arrangements should be sought before deciding to send your child to school, for example, with other family members, friends etc.

  • If you had previously decided to withdraw your child from school on the basis of risk they should not now be returned to school.

  • Please try and use schools as a last resort. This is to try and limit the number of children and adults together in a small space in line with recent social distancing guidance.

  • Children attending will be required to wear their school uniform.

  • Whilst learning opportunities will be taken where possible, schools will largely be performing childcare duties as not all teachers are currently available

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Davis