COVID-19 Key Worker Information
Letter to Parents 20/3/2020
Friday 20th March 2020
COVID-19 Update Letter to parents/carers
Arrangements for Critical Workers/Vulnerable Children
Earlier this week, the Government announced school closures from next week. This morning, they have published their guidance on Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children which provides information around which children could be offered ‘reduced provision’ in schools for the foreseeable future. ‘Reduced provision’ refers to the fact that the priority is on childcare rather than educational input. At Trinity, the educational input will match that provided on the Learning Platform for home learning.
The list of critical workers is very comprehensive and it is unlikely that as a school, we will be able to accommodate all children of families who fall into this category. We do not wish to be put in a position whereby we need to make decisions as to which children we invite into school next week so please read the following information carefully so that together we can support key Critical Workers in their crucial roles.
Having only received critical worker guidance this morning, this gives us a small window today to share information and make the necessary arrangements for next week. It is also likely that guidance will change on an ongoing basis so we all need to be flexible and keep vigilant of any further information that may be shared.
The government has stated 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.
- This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
We are committed to remaining open to support and care for children who meet the Vulnerable Children criteria and for those children of Critical Workers who have no choice but to send their child/children to school so that they can go to work in order to continue to offer critical services as part of the country’s ongoing response to the virus
However, we are also conscious that we are being asked to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to and I would ask that you consider your child care needs very carefully before sending them to school, based on the criteria provided for Vulnerable Children and Critical Workers only (this is further detailed below and via the link provided). We all need to be very responsible in ensuring we do not spread the virus and that teachers and teaching assistants remain well to be able to provide this service as well as protect their own families.
We will only be able to provide this service whilst staff numbers allow. Should we find that we do not have enough staff who can attend school, due to illness and self-isolation, then we will be forced to close until such a time that we have enough staff available to safely open again. Should we need to close, we will work with the Local Authority and Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust to signpost parents in need to an alternative provision.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
Please do not contact the school for advice on this.
There is a document called “Closure of Educational Settings: Information for Parents and Carers” and this can be accessed by following the link below:
In this document you will find the criteria for identifying yourself as a Critical Worker.
To clarify, only one parent is required to be a Critical Worker for your child to qualify for a place.
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Thank you for your previous responses about whether you fall into Key Worker categories as this gave us a good indicator for next week. Now that we have more specific guidance, we will be sending everyone a form which will need to be completed and returned to school no later than 3:00 pm today (Friday 20th March 2020) if you wish to REQUEST a place in school from next week onwards. If you miss this deadline, we will be sending out further opportunities to request a place on a weekly basis.
We will then contact you to confirm what places we can offer you – we will work hard to do this as soon as possible before Monday.
We intend to run our provision daily, Monday to Friday between 8:40 am and 3:15 pm which is the normal school day. Please enter school via the Y1/2 gates and your child will need to wear school uniform. Information about school meals will be sent out separately. Future Stars will be running their provision alongside – please book in the usual way.
We will explain what provision will be in place over the Easter Break in a subsequent letter.
Thank you for your continued and considered support at this difficult time.
If you need to request a place for your child at school please read and complete the following:
School Place request for the child of a Critical Worker/Vulnerable Child
Request for School Place Form
This provision will run Monday to Friday, 8:40am to 3:15pm
Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Your child/children will only qualify for a place for care at Trinity if you meet the criteria as a Critical Worker or your child is identified as vulnerable.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles before completing the request form:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child has an EHCP, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision may be available for them.
- 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.
- 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.
- If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors as listed in the government guidance, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.
Please complete the form below to request a place for your child/children at Trinity for the school closure period.
Please return to school either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or to the school office.
We will then contact you regarding the request you have made.