I am sure after the Prime Minister's statement last night, there are lots of questions you may have. We have lots of questions that need clarification too.
At the moment, for us in school, there is no change to the guidance. We will provide care for those parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response and only those that can not be safely cared for at home. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.
At the time of writing this letter, we have not received any information to support us with this new plan to start the phased reopening for Reception, Year One and Year Six from the 1st June. We expect we will receive further information from the Department for Education shortly, hopefully with some clarification.
We will need clear guidance to plan how it is possible to social distance in schools and keep our children, staff and families safe; how we might start to phase groups of children returning and what this looks like. Please be assured there is no way we will reopen until we are 100% prepared.
As always, we will keep you informed but for now, please try not to worry. Our plan for now is to continue to provide activities for learning at home, keep contact with you, our families and to continue to support each other in these very difficult and uncertain times.
Stay safe and well.
Miss Mandy Hughes
On Friday 27th March key workers were emailed a letter with a link to select the days they require child care over the Easter holidays, to help us plan provision. There is also an email address to email daily if your child(ren) need to be in school for the next day. Thank you.
At midnight last night the government released the information about what a ‘key worker’ is.
We already had a list of parents who had completed the key worker form and wished us to provide care for their children. With the publication of this new information we fear that this number may be considerably more.
The government are asking you to consider the following principles when deciding if your child should be considered to be able to attend school from Monday 23rd March:
1. All children must stay at home if they can be safely cared for.
2. Social distancing advice should be followed as closely as possible
3. If your work is CRITICAL to the COVID-19 response AND you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your child will be prioritised for education provision.
4. If your child has an EHCP or is vulnerable then your child will be prioritised for education provision.
Harborne Primary School is committed to assisting the most vulnerable children and helping in the fight against COVID-19, but we are also suffering the effects of self-isolation amongst the staff team. We will be running with a limited team of staff from next Monday and we may need to begin to prioritise which children can attend school from the groups above. At some point we may no longer be able to offer any provision at all, if it becomes unsafe to do so.
In light of the changes above we can only offer child care before and after school for the first two weeks initially for a limited number of children. Before school will not be a breakfast club, we will need parents to have already given their children breakfast or send them in with a NUT FREE snack to have when they arrive. Similarly, after school club children will receive a snack that requires no food preparation only. We will review the provision after the first two weeks based on staffing availability.
If you have already completed a request that we provide a place for your child from Monday we will be contacting you today to confirm whether this place is being offered.
If you have not already completed a request and you believe that you fall under the definition of Key Worker and you CANNOT keep your child safe at home, please complete the online Google Docs form urgently by midday today. Please make sure you fill in EVERY section of the form.This will allow us to make suitable arrangements for staffing next week.
We will be contacting all parents directly today if we are able to offer you an emergency school place starting next week. If you have not received an email from us by 5pm, please keep your child at home from Monday.
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals you will be contacted separately regarding the arrangements in place to support you during this time. Please note that children in KS1 who receive a daily free school meal through the Universal Infant School Meal programme are not included in these arrangements. We will provide a meal for ALL children at the annex and require parents to pay through Parent Pay.
Many thanks for your continued support and understanding.
Miss Mandy Hughes