As your Headteacher, this is a letter I never thought I would have to
write. At the end of today, our school will be closed for the vast
majority of our children for the foreseeable future. We are now faced
with the most important scenario any parent, grandparent, member of
staff, family member or friend could ever face – how do we keep our
loved ones safe? These are uncertain times and only with togetherness
will we succeed with the challenges that lie ahead.
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of
the COVID-19 virus and that is why the government has given clear
guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.
As you are aware, we have been told by the Government that we
need to try, where possible, to provide child-care for those parents/
carers who are deemed as ‘Key Workers’. Overnight, the Government
have issued a list of who they deem to be ‘Critical Key Workers’ in
order to respond to COVID-19. Please see below for the direct links for
I cannot stress enough that the critical message in this guidance is the
Wherever possible, children should be kept safe at home to limit the
chance of the virus spreading. Only those children who absolutely
need to attend, should do so. The fewer the amount of children making
the journey to school, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and
infect more vulnerable individuals in wider society.
As a school, we are planning on providing ‘child care’ for a small
number of children whose parents/carers who are deemed as ‘Critical
Key Workers’. However, if any of you are able to arrange your own
child care arrangements whilst schools are closed, this is the
Government’s preferred option. Please be aware that the
Government are obviously encouraging parents not to use
grandparents or anyone in the vulnerable categories for childcare.
Please read the attached letter for further information and a timetable for child care arrangements.