Key workers - update

20th March 2020
Dear parents & carers,
 
I wrote to you this morning to clarify the government's guidance on critical workers.  As a reminder:
 

 - If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.  If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

 - The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

 - 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 wider society.

 - Schools are 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.

 - 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.

Based on the expression of interest forms that have been returned to us today, we are pleased to be able to offer supervision for a limited number of children who are classed as vulnerable or the children of critical workers.  If you have not already let us know that your child falls into one of these categories and you would like them to attend during the school closure period, please let us know immediately.

The key details are as follows:

 - We will offer supervision from 8:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday (if this changes, for example due to lack of staff, we will let you know in advance).

 - On your child's first session, you will be asked to fill in a booking form to let us know which sessions your child will be attending each week, including Breakfast Club and LAST, as well as if they will be bringing a packed lunch or if they would like a school lunch (please bear in mind that the latter may not be a cooked meal, depending on the availability of kitchen staff etc.).

 - Please note that we have been instructed that Breakfast Club, LAST and school dinners will be charged at the usual rate, unless your child is eligible for free school meals.

 - Year 5 and 6 may continue to walk to and from school without an adult if they already have permission to do so, but you should consider whether or not you want them to be seen on their own in public at this time.

 - Children do not have to wear school uniform, but must be dressed appropriately.

 - Our usual expectations regarding behaviour will apply.

 - Our usual safeguarding procedures regarding attendance will apply: if you have completed an expression of interest form and your child does not arrive on Monday, we will telephone you if you have not already let us know that they won't be attending; and if your child does not arrive for a session which you have booked from Tuesday onwards, we will also contact you to check that they are safe.

 - On Monday and unless you are told otherwise, supervision will be at Laureate; however, depending on the number of children using this service and the number of staff available to keep it safe, supervision may be based at a different school in Newmarket (if this happens, we will let you know in advance).

If you have any further questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Many thanks for your continued support during these unprecedented challenges; we will remain in regular contact, and look forward to seeing you all again very soon.  Please stay safe and take good care of each other.

Yours faithfully

Mr. D. Perkins

Headteacher