Key Worker provision information
Friday 20th March
Thank you for all you are doing in support of the efforts to manage the spread of coronavirus.
Please note, if children are able to stay at home safely, they should.
The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. The guidelines are clear that the closure of schools is in place to limit the spread of the virus.
As a school, we are happy to support you in any way we can.
With regard to sending your children to school from Monday 23rd March the government have issued the following key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- 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.
- 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 listed below (see link), and you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your children will be prioritised for education provision. A full list of those considered to be Key Workers can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.
We are limiting the places available to ensure we do not have too many children together. We have taken this difficult decision to limit the attendance in schools, as supported by Bracknell Forest Council and the Department for Education, to best protect our local community. We need to ensure that we are supporting those key workers who really cannot provide childcare at this very challenging time.
For the next two weeks, until the Easter holidays would have started, we will prioritise those children where both parents are key workers followed by health care professionals and front line staff. Parents who fall into this category will need to alert the school by emailing email@example.com. We will also require further evidence that there is no other provision from an adult in the household or step family available to support with childcare. We will need to have either documentation from their employer as to their critical status, or a valid reason why they are unable to do so. Please be aware that working from home will not be considered a valid reason.
Once details have been verified, we will contact you directly with a decision. If you have not received confirmation of a place, please do not turn up as you will not be allowed in.
We appreciate this is a difficult time for children and parents. We also need to ensure that school staff are able to provide the service required. These are the current plans. Further arrangements are being made for the Easter holidays and the summer term. We will continue to keep you informed as much as possible as the situation continues to be reviewed.
Thank you to everyone in the community who is following the government advice in these unprecedented times and for your understanding and patience.
Miss J C Evans
Definitions of terms
Vulnerable children: Children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, children with child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.