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Critical workers

12 January 2021 (by Shaun Hopwell (adminhead))

Dear Parents/ Carers,

First of all, and on behalf of everyone here at school, thank you for the kind messages of support received during this second period of lockdown.  We are currently teaching 86 children in school whilst also providing support for the children remaining at home.  With 41% of our children at school this places us in the top quintile for demand.  

The government are updating their guidance at regular intervals in response to the changing circumstances.  The latest guidance (8th January) states:

"Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can."

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

This email is not about workload.  

Staff are having to teach the children in school, whilst providing activities and support for the children at home, with no additional time or assistance.  School is providing an education for your children with the staff available to us at the moment but sacrifices are being made.

This is email is about the transmission of the virus.  

There are procedures in place at school to keep the children as safe as possible using the resources available; they would be safer at home.  We found out before Christmas that the virus was being transmitted to younger siblings by their older brothers and sisters and on to other family members.  

In line with other local schools we are asking you to think very carefully about your decision especially if you are in a two parent/ carer household where only one of you is a key worker.  If you are at home, and you could support your child's learning at home, this would be greatly appreciated by all members of the school and wider community.

Kind regards,

Mr Hopwell