Could all parents who are key workers please email the headteacher following the announcement from the government yesterday. Key workers are : NHS, Emergency Services, Food delivery drivers and Teaching Staff.
Dear Parent / Carer
Important information regarding student attendance – from Monday 23 March 2020
Firstly, thank you for the very supportive approach that you have taken during these exceptionally challenging times. We all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can now stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
It is important to underline that schools and colleges remain safe places for children. But 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 our society.
Whilst we are formally closed from Monday 23 March onwards, we will continue to support your child, both academically and pastorally and our school remains at the heart of our community.
Special opening from Monday 23 March for the children of key workers and those entitled to specialist support
At midnight, the government published a list of those parent / carers who are entitled to send their child to school. The link below provides specific details.
The list includes the following; Health and Social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and security, transport, utilities, communication and financial services.
We are grateful to all of these key workers who are looking after us all and keeping our essential services going. In return, our superb staff team are also going to ‘step up to the plate’ and provide provision for your child / children. It is critical to note, however, that this provision should only be taken up if there are no other alternatives (see guidance). The government has asked parents/carers to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for children who absolutely need to attend:
Should you need to take up this provision, please contact me directly here at school. As proof of employment, please could you bring an ID badge (or something similar)
Specialist Support Provision
Those children who with safeguarding and welfare needs, including those children on child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with Education Health and Care plans are also able to attend school. These families have been contacted directly.
Free School Meals
Children who qualify for a free school meal have been contacted directly by letter and details of these arrangements are contained in the letter.
At Andrews will be closed to the majority of students but we are in no way closed in terms of our ongoing care, support and kindness. You are all in our prayers and we hope that you and your families continue to be safe and well during this period of uncertainty. I look forward to contacting you in the next few months to confirm the date that school will open for everyone once again.
St Andrews Team
‘You are a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.’ Psalm 61:3