When we open on Monday, it’ll be for childcare – there won’t be any new teaching (it may not be teachers who are in school, in fact). There will be opportunities for the children to carry out their home learning tasks, just as we expect this to be happening at home.
So that we can manage to accommodate children for the reduced provision in school, we’ll want to see evidence that you are an essential worker. Please bring this to school on Monday or as soon as you can.
Please read the government’s guidance as to what an essential worker is. It makes these points clear:
- Schools are asked to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
- The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread.
- Schools are therefore asked 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.
- Many parents who are essential workers may be able to ensure their child is kept at home – and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Two other important points:
- For childcare, you shouldn’t rely on grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions or who are elderly.
- You should do everything you can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. Please observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- It’s not a good enough reason to say that someone’s at home but they’re working and can’t be disturbed.
Regretfully, a warning to you all…
Sadly, fake emails are circulating about schools closing due to Covid-19 – this is linked to asking for your bank details. We’ll never ask for your bank details via an email. Please ignore these scam emails.