20th March 2020
I write to you with more information regarding how we intend to continue providing care for your child.
Children of Key Workers
As you know, school will close for the vast majority of children at 3.30pm on Friday 20 March. For as long as we can, we will be aiming to provide a service to parents of our children who work in the Governments ‘key worker’ group including NHS workers, Police Officers, Teachers, Fire Officers and Food Delivery drivers. Please visit www.gov.uk for an updated list. This is in addition to those learners who are identified as vulnerable. As the government website states:
Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.…. if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
If you feel that you meet the criteria, please contact us urgently by email Thorngumbald.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01964 623402 by 12.30pm to help us with the assessment of whether you are eligible and so that we can plan appropriate staffing. We will need to know your occupation, confirmation that you are the primary care giver and that you have no alternative childcare. We will also need proof of occupation, but that is not required immediately.
Whilst we really appreciate that there will be other families facing challenges at this time and unable to continue their daily lives, the Government have made it very clear that, due to their Social Distancing directive, only eligible children will be allowed to attend school.
We will not be teaching your child normal lessons and your child is not guaranteed to be with their normal class teacher. Children will be expected to bring their learning pack that has been issued this week.
- School Uniform does not have to be worn
- Children will be registered for Health and Safety reasons
- For the first week only school will be open from 8am for the morning club and until 4pm for the after school club. The club will not operate after next week
- Usual attendance procedures for those children who are registered to attend apply and punctuality is essential
- If your child is not free school meals please send them with a packed lunch
- If your child is eligible for free school meals and you require a packed lunch, please contact the office before 9am to order this. You can collect this from the office at 12pm. If your call is not answered please leave a message and this will be picked up
Can I take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support at what I know is a challenging time for everyone. We have been incredibly grateful for all of the kind words and offers of support, for the incredible amount of work that our staff have done and continue to do to support our children and to adapt each day. The school site will only be open to learners of the identified groups. Others must not be on the school site or in public during the school day.
We reserve the right to send a child(ren) home if they become unwell or exhibit poor behaviours for learning. Should your child or a member of the family become ill then the recommended isolation periods must be adhered to and children will not be allowed back to school, for eligible families, for 14 days.
May we take this opportunity to wish all our families good health and we look forward to seeing you all as we return. For updates please visit our website https://thorngumbaldprimaryschool.org.uk/ and our school twitter/Facebook pages (@Thorngumbaldsch) which will be updated as frequently as new information becomes available. We will continue to use the usual forms of communication with you as the situation develops.
Continue to look after yourself and each other.
Mrs J Carroll