Staffing in school is understandably changing daily due to people becoming unwell with Coronavirus symptoms or through self-isolation (both 14 days and 12 weeks). We received the key worker guidance in the early hours this morning (20th March) and looking through it presents many challenges and raises lots of questions for you and us. We will only know staffing capacity on a daily basis and we need to cap numbers so we can observe social distancing as much as possible.
Link to the guidance
It stresses if you can keep your child at home then you should do so, stating that:
‘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.’
Matt Hancock stressed on BBC breakfast news this morning, ‘stay home to save lives’.
We urge you to think about any options you have available to you so that your child can remain at home accessing the resources we provided.
The experience in school over the coming weeks will not be the usual educational one. Schools are now tasked with child care for those key workers who have no other options.
If you are a key worker and have no other option and you need childcare in a school then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to help us prioritise provision.
Please give details of:
· Your job role and the organisation you work for
· Whether you are a sole parent or if both of you are key workers
· Details of your child – name, class and age.
· Anything else that you think is relevant.
If we do not receive your email we will assume that you do not need childcare at a school. Emails should go to email@example.com and have the word keyworker in the subject line.
Requests will be processed over the weekend and we will be able to inform whether or not we can accommodate your child/ren at Heathmount Primary School or where the nearest provision will be.
We will get this information out to you when we have an accurate grasp of staffing and pupil numbers.
We recognise that this a challenging time for us all and thank you for your ongoing support.
The Heath Mount Team