FOR THE ATTENTION OF CRITICAL WORKERS
CHANGE IN DfE GUIDANCE
SATURDAY 9 JANUARY
11 January 2021
Dear Critical Workers
In line with government advice over the weekend, the unprecedented attendance by pupils where parents were deemed to meet ‘Critical worker’ status and the protection of school based staff we will be reducing numbers of pupils in class from Tuesday 12 January.
All Critical workers MUST produce a letter from their employer stating why they cannot work from home/their frontline critical worker role and the days they are expected to work. This must be presented to school by Thursday 14 January to secure your child’s place in school.
Thank you to the NHS, education, police/justice and transport staff who have already sent their letters in.
In line with reduction in pupil numbers staff numbers will also be reduced in the classroom and the school office.
- Frontline critical workers: those who must leave home to complete their working commitments and have no alternative childcare arrangements.
- If your commitment is part time you must only send your children into school on your working days. Please advise us of those days.
- If you are in the above category but your partner is at home you should keep your children at home.
Please email your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Where letters are not supplied your child’s place will be withdrawn on Friday January 15. The school reserves the right to refuse admission to Critical worker school.
Parents should also be forward planning for the following events should they occur:
- School/class closure due to positive COVID test for pupils/staff
- Class closure due to staff illness.
- School closure due to inclement weather where staff cannot travel to school. Zoom lessons will continue and pupils will be expected to attend online.
- If you are working from home your children should stay at home. Please withdraw your children from Tuesday 12 January.
Thank you for your support
Ms S B McGonagle
5 January 2021
Sadly I am unable to welcome you all back under the present guidance. As you are aware last night the government decided that all primary schools should close to most pupils. This means that from now until the February half term holiday, the only pupils allowed in school are children of critical workers or vulnerable pupils.
Since last March the staff have worked tirelessly to provide a safe, secure environment for pupils and families. Unfortunately we find ourselves in lock down again.
Below please find our arrangements for the next half term.
Keyworker School – Starting Thursday 7 January 2021 – 9.00am-3.30pm – operating Monday-Friday
- Please complete your critical worker form and return it to school no later than 5.00pm, Tuesday 5 January 2021. Please consider whether you need the place and whether you have any other childcare options. We are experiencing a very high demand and may have to prioritise places if staffing is not sufficient. Please refer to guidance on critical worker status. www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision
- EYFS/KS1 will be based in Dolphins and Penguins
- KS2 will be based in Brown Bears and Snow Leopards
- Keyworker pupils will follow the Zoom timetable set by their classteacher
- Pupils should wear uniform
- Please order a school lunch or provide a packed lunch
- Thursday 7 January – BBQ Chicken Wrap or Ham Sandwich
- Friday 8 January – Pizza or Cheese Bap
- Keyworker children must abide by COVID guidance. Do not send your child to school if they have any of the following symptoms
- A high temperature – this means you fell hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
- Parents must wear masks and social distance when on site
Zoom School – Starting Thursday 7 January 2021 – 9.00am-3.30pm – operating Monday-Friday
- Classteachers will be contacting pupils via Zoom on Wednesday at 9.00am to outline timetables and expectations. Details will be sent to you via e-mail and Purple Mash today (Tuesday 5 January 2021).
- Lessons and support activities will be zoomed every day
- Timetables and log ins will be on your child’s class page daily
- Pupils should be dressed appropriately for learning – no pyjamas, hats or hoodies
- Pupils should not use mobile phones during sessions
- Pupils should wherever possible be seated at a table
- All school behaviour codes apply at all times
Ms S B McGonagle
If parents' work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.
Government guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
- if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
- for anyone in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperatures (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
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