Thank you for your ongoing support during this difficult time.
As you are aware we are preparing for school to close this evening. We are currently making arrangements to provide care for the limited number of children who will be attending school from next week. We would like to draw your attention to the guidelines drawn up by the government and ask for your cooperation in following them.
To enable us to provide this provision, with the limited number of staff we have available, it is important we only accept children who absolutely need to attend. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. We are relying on your support in this matter.
We are required to provide care for vulnerable children. These children include those who have a social worker (so are classed as under child protection or child in need) and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. School are aware of who these children are and their families will be contacted.
"The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society." (Latest Department for Education guidance).
Further information regarding eligible groups is available following this link.
If you are able to make alternative arrangement for your children please do so. If you are unable and meet the key worker criteria please complete the following online form by 4pm today. Please be aware that due to school staff capacity, we may require proof of your shift/work pattern.
School closure form