Next week school will be open for the children of Key Workers and vulnerable children only. A list of Key Workers has now been published on the Government website www.gov.uk
The advice says that if it is possible for your child to be at home, then they should stay at home. This is for social distancing reasons. Please only apply for a place if it is absolutely necessary for you to do so.
The provision will be very different type to what schools usually provide. For these children, it will be about care, not education. All expectations regarding educational provision have been lifted. This is about keeping children safe and allowing key workers to go to work and care for the sick or keep the food chains moving.
Critically, it is schools that are responsible for offering places to pupils who may be eligible to attend this provision. We need to identify who is eligible and, in some cases, prioritise offers to families according to capacity, need and health advice from Public Health England. The advice we have received so far is that our maximum capacity should not exceed 20% of the school population. This is taking account of the latest government scientific advice on the proportion of pupils that it is advisable to maintain direct support for in order to maintain efforts to delay the spread of the virus.
We need you to act quickly to allow us to get places allocated in time for Monday. Could I ask that you let us know whether you wish to apply for a place for your child by 1pm today (Friday)? The highest priority will be for families where both parents are Key Workers or where a sole parent is a Key Worker.
We will then contact you in order of priority to potentially offer a place and to discuss which days and times you may require. We hope to do this before Monday, but this will depend on the demand for places. Please ensure you are available to take this call and to give us this information.
On any day, we can make a decision to close the school if we do not have enough staff to care for pupils’ safety. This decision will be reviewed daily.
There will be no after-school clubs.
I know that there is a lot of information to assimilate in this letter and there are still lots of unanswered questions, but please be reassured that we are working very hard to get this provision in place and to be able to offer our Key Worker children a safe place to be while their parents are at work.