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20th March 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

EMERGENCY CARE SERVICE FOR OUR CRITICAL WORKERS & VULNERABLE CHILD

 

The Inspire Learning Partnership’s schools and nursery have been asked to provide emergency care service for all those children of critical workers and identified vulnerable children. The Headteachers and I have agreed to give extra clarity and consistency around the critical worker list and the vulnerable child criteria. The Government advice still stands as below:

 

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

 

The Government’s definition of a ‘critical worker’ and a ‘vulnerable child’ is extensive and unless we prioritise, we may not be able to support the families and workers who require this help the most. We have used the Government’s official guidance as well as the Government’s official list of critical workers to put critical workers into a tiered system from Tier 1 to 4. We have prioritised school staff within Tier 1 in the knowledge that many staff members are local to the area – this should mean that by utilising local school staff within our own schools, we will be able to support many more local families with this childcare arrangement. Although this is an agreed tiered system, we will make a school by school decision based on our overall staffing capacity to identify how many tiers we can remain open to and this may change on a daily basis.

 

Current government guidance regarding eligibility for the school care as of Monday 23rd March 2020 is that children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can potentially send their children to school if required. However, we must emphasise that the government guidance also states that “many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.” Therefore, the information you include on your form will be essential.

 

If you have not already contacted us to let us know that at least one parent / carer in your family is identified as a key / critical worker, please contact the school office on 02380 403536 or by e mail to let us know.           

    

Hightown Primary School – info@hightownsch.net

 

Please note, the current guidance around self-isolation regarding symptoms of coronavirus including a temperature of over 37.8°C and/or a persistent cough are still in force. In the next few days, school leaders will have to make some incredibly difficult decisions and hold some incredibly challenging conversations with families who are understandably concerned and anxious about the current situation.

Please, therefore, ensure you follow these key principles to keep yourselves and others safe:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

 

We fully appreciate the fact you are being incredibly supportive and understanding at this very difficult time and we would like to thank you all very much.

 

Take care everyone,

Kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

 

Claire Lowe,                                       Sian Cook

CEO                                                     Headteacher