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Forest Town

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Provision Offer Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

At just before midnight last night the government finally published its guidance on who the school will be allowed to offer childcare provision for.  The link to this list can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

It focuses on those whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response and you cannot keep your child safe at home.  The list includes:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

However, the information is very clear in stating that every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.  As a result, we ask that for the safety of all of our children and staff, parents only apply for provision if there is absolutely no other option for the children.

The government guidance states: …the most recent government advice on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear, if children can safely stay at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.  It also states that: …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.

As a school, we always put the safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and community at the heart of what we do so please support us by only applying for provision as a last resort so that we can all work together to maintain social distancing.

As directed by the government, the school will be running only a skeleton staff with different staff on different days and we will be offering childcare only and not teaching provision to a limited number of children.  Children will most likely not be in their own classrooms.  Therefore, we will have to prioritise who we can offer places to and all places must be booked and agreed in advance so that we can ensure staff ratios.  Due to staffing, Breakfast Club will not be open from Monday 23.03.20.  School will be offering childcare from 8:30am until 3:30pm.  As yet, we do not know if our school will be open over the Easter break.

Please ensure that you have completed an application form by 12 noon today, 20.03.20.  We will then contact you by the end of the day to inform you about whether your child(ren) will be eligible for a place.

Children who are vulnerable because of health needs or those whose family are self-isolating should not attend school under any circumstance.

We fully recognise that this is a worrying time for all of us and we are working hard to secure provision that is as safe as possible for all of our children and staff.  Please understand that we cannot and should not be offering provision to large numbers of children as this would go against the scientific research about how best to fight this virus that is affecting us all.

If your child is remaining at home, keep an eye on Dojo, Twitter and the school website where we will be posting our weekly and daily learning challenges, ideas for physical activity and mindfulness activities.  One of our school values is #Together and at this time more than ever we need to embrace this value and come together (even at a distance) to support each other.

If we can work together to ensure social distancing, we will beat this sooner and will be able to return to our normal lives.  We are going to really miss our children during the closure and hope that you all keep in touch with us about how you are getting on using Dojo and Twitter.  We may be closed but our community can still be there for each other.

We would all like to wish our amazing families and children the very best in these challenging times and hope that you all stay safe and healthy.

With very best wishes,

 

Nicola Lomas

Head Teacher

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