Dear Parent/Carers 22nd March 2020
Re: Coronavirus update – reminder of school closure to most pupils
I am writing to remind you that school is closed to almost all children from Monday morning until further notice.
While we regret that this is the situation, we have to follow the latest government advice.
Therefore, we do not expect to see your children on Monday unless:
We have already been in touch with all parents who qualify as Key Workers and made arrangements for their children. If you believe your child falls into one of the categories above and you haven’t already told us, please let us know immediately. Please email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org outlining why you believe you are a Key Worker and we will be touch with you on Monday to obtain work place evidence.
If we are not expecting to see your child on Monday morning, we will need to send them home.
Pupils who receive free school meals
If your child receives free school meals but is not eligible to attend school from Monday, we can help make alternative provision for you. The Local Authority have told us they will provide us with packed lunches for your child for the first week of closure. However, we have no further information now, when or if these will be delivered to the school on Monday. We will notify you when they are available to collect. Please do not come into school unless we have instructed you to do so.
I know this is a difficult time for many of you, and the next few weeks will be an adjustment for all of us. We are doing everything we can to support your children and families at this time and appreciate your patience and support. Please do help us by following the advice set out above.
I’ll be back in touch with more information as soon as possible, please make sure to check your ParentMail and Website regularly for updates.
Remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
John Hunt Primary School
Key Worker Criteria and Guidelines
In documentation released by the government late last night, clear scientific advice was outlined on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19.
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 only those children who absolutely need to attend.
The provision that schools will provide will be very different from normal. For these small number of pupils, it will be about care, not education.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles outlined by the government:
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
If after reading the information above you still identify yourself as a key worker and are unable to provide provision for your children to be safely cared for at home, for example you are a single parent whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response, please complete the key worker form sent via ParentMail that you will receive shortly. Only responses received today will be considered. If you do not respond/contact us today, we will therefore assume that your child/children will be cared for at home. We will then ring you, at some point today, to discuss your individual case.
I must stress to you that, if you unnecessarily identify yourself as a key worker, for example if there is another responsible adult at home who can care for your child, you are not only putting your child’s life at risk by allowing them to continue to socially mix, but you are also putting at risk the lives of my staff. Therefore, I urge you to only identify yourself as a key worker if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response and your child/children cannot be safely cared for at home.
Please remember, the school setting is the final option for care, not the first.
Each and every one of my staff cares deeply about your children and will always do anything I ask of them in order to keep your children safe. I now ask you to show the same level of care for my staff and help me to keep them safe.
At this time we find ourselves in the midst of a National crisis and the government is asking the nation to take drastic action in order to reduce the spread of the virus. The Coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic and we must take is seriously and keep social mixing to an absolute minimum.
John Hunt Primary School
John Hunt Primary School will be using this page on our website to provide Parent/Carers with information about the Coronavirus, as well as via our ParentMail App. This is to make it easier for Parent/Carers to find all the information we have shared in one place.
We are receiving daily updates from the DfE, (Department for Education), about the current situation regarding coronavirus. The current guidance is to continue as usual, with an emphasis on good personal hygiene and handwashing. All teachers are ensuring pupils are regularly reminded about washing their hands.
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!
Please click here to access a NHS video showing the most effective way of washing your hands
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.