School will only be open on Monday for vulnerable pupils (those with an EHCP or an assigned social worker) and the children of KEY WORKERS.
We have asked for you to inform school by 3.00p.m. today if you require this facility, but if you could respond as soon as possible we would be very grateful as I am sure you can appreciate we have a lot to organise.
Please note that school is only here to provide ESSENTIAL CHILDCARE to allow key workers to attend their work roles.
I cannot emphasise more strongly that requesting a place at school for childcare should be your last resort and not for convenience. Schools are being closed to enable social distancing and supress the spread of the virus - it is sad to say but the fewer children that attend schools the better chance of enabling effective social distancing. Please do not request access to this childcare if your child can be cared for in your home by a partner / spouse. Even if you are a KEY WORKER, if you have other childcare options, please make use of them as an alternative.
Government guidelines state: Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
It is obvious to state that the effectiveness of social distancing (and the reduction of the spread of the virus) is based upon minimising the number of people gathering together and interacting. Schools are only being kept open so the NHS and essential services can function. If this was not the case schools would be fully closed (as this would be the safest option for staff and children).
The large majority of pupils will not be able to attend school but we have worked hard to put in place quality and effective home learning support with Seesaw distance learning. Many children have started to test this out and are loving it! If you are unable to access online learning please contact the school office by email or phone.
We hope that we will be able to confirm those children who will be offered childcare places in school by the end of school today.
We are committed to providing this childcare to support our public service colleagues and our community. However, if staffing becomes an issue due to illness or self-isolation it may be affected at short notice. We will do everything we can to avoid this. Parents will be informed via the school messaging service in this emergency.
Gloucestershire Local authority are planning to issue further guidance regarding meal vouchers for free school meal children as soon as they receive more information of how this will work. This does not apply to children up to age 7 who currently have Universal free school meals at school. They will not be eligible for vouchers. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear.
Look after yourselves and your families
Elaine Le Gros
Acting Head teacher
Mitton Manor Primary School
LIST of KEY WORKERS
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.