At 5.15pm yesterday, the Secretary of State for Education gave a public statement that all statefunded schools in England would remain closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 “for most pupils – for the vast majority of people – until further notice”.
Tests and Assessments
He also indicated that all school tests and assessments (including SATs, phonics screening and times table tests) due to take place this summer, have been suspended; and that teacher assessment will most likely be used for all (as it is already for end of Year 2 and Year 6 writing).
The Government has clarified which children should be able to come to school from Monday 23rd March 2020. 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.
Children of Key Workers who are unable to be looked after at home and therefore will be looked after at School will not be taught the curriculum. They will instead be provided with a safe and happy place whilst their parents are at work.
Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
If it is at all possible for your child to be at home, then they should be.
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.
Am I a key worker?
Below is the guidance from the government.
Health and social care – Doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare – Nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services – Those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government – Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods – Those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security – Police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
Transport – Those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services – Staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications
(including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
Action for parents
Please inform the school office as soon as possible (if you have not already done so):
Can you kindly email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details as a matter of urgency:
– In the subject field please write Key Worker
– Your full name
– The name(s) and year group(s) of your child(ren) e.g. Jo Blogs yr 4, Sarah Blogs yr 6
– Your occupation e.g. Policeman
– The name of your company and the location e.g. NHS, Wexham Hospital
– Attach proof of your occupation e.g. ID badge
– And provide your employers contact details.
Some parents that are key workers have suggested that they would not need to send their child to school full time. If you are a key worker and your child needs to come to school, please let us know whether it is full time or whether it is only certain days.
If your child is currently absent, no home learning resources will be given at this present time. Our School website does however have a number of activities, resources and projects to carry out at home. Please take time to view useful links. Our staff are in the process of putting together Home Learning resources which will be made available via hard copy tomorrow (Friday 20th March 2020). Copies will also be made available on our website.
The Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- 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 who 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 temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here.
Department of Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
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 hand washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
The hygiene levels are not only for children but for adults and elderly too.
Please click on the link to see the video our children have watched about washing hands.
Thank you for your support and for your patience in the meantime.
Mr Raminder Singh Vig