If you are a key worker, then you may be eligible to send your child to school during the school closure. The school is required to remain open and provide education to children in these circumstances. The school will be open from 8.45am to 3.30pm. Please note that uniform is required in the interest of health and safety. If your child is in school they will need a packed lunch as the school kitchen will not be open. Please be aware that if your child is eligible for a free school meal, then we shall be providing free food vouchers for meals next week while school is closed.
The food vouchers are to the value of £15 and can be used at Morrisons supermarket. These are being organised now and will be posted out first class directly to relevant families. There are reports of postal delays so we hope you receive them Monday or Tuesday.
It is important to stress that every child who can stay at home absolutely must, and many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. However this may not be possible and there is provision to support you.
Unsure if you’re a key worker?
Visit this page for guidance from the Government on what a key worker is: https://www.gov.uk/government/
Unsure if you’re a key worker that can get support?
Please take the online survey below which is designed to help families are identifying themselves as keyworkers and get support from the school. It will also give us an idea of the number of children who may be seeking provision from next week.
Before you complete the survey, please bear these principles in mind:
- 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. You will already have been contacted regarding this.
- 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.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.