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Shade Primary School

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Keyworker

20 March 2020 (by admin)

Due to Health and Safety and Infection control, we expect almost all pupils to be at home on Monday 23rd March. This is in order to protect our remaining pupils and staff and to reduce the risk of infection and contamination. At this present time, schools are being asked to protect the most vulnerable and high risk people in our community.

The Government produced additional guidance for schools last night stating:

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. This 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.

The fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

Childcare will only be offered at school when parent are eligible frontline key workers and are out at work. It will be offered to children whose parents are:

  • Critical to the COVID-19 response, and when no other alternative childcare is available to the family and they “cannot be safely cared for at home.”
  • Vulnerable children including children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans.

Government guidance states that “many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child that can be safely cared for at home, should be.” Therefore, attending school at the current time is not compulsory: all absences will be authorised.

Most of our staff will be working at home, as is expected at the moment, but a skeleton staff, on rota, will supervise those who are asked to attend.  For everyone’s safety, our aim will be to employ a two metre social distancing policy along with the other measures dictated by PHE.

As per government guidelines, the children will not receiving the national curriculum and will be expected to complete the home learning work whilst at school. Teachers will be supervising, rather than directly teaching.

For those critical workers who are applicable, please collect your children as soon as you are able to each day and do not drop off until absolutely necessary. This will maximise the social distancing opportunities. If they do not need to be in school, do not bring them.

Please inform school of your shift patterns and give details of your work and line manager contact details so we are able to contact you in case of an emergency.