From Friday 20th March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone. Pippins School will reopen on Wednesday 25th March 2020 for:
- children of critical workers
- vulnerable children
We have published guidance for parents and carers:
If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.
The Government has published a list of critical workers:
Key Guidance can be found here:
The opening to this guidance reads as follows to ensure that people understand first and foremost that if it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should be:
‘As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.’
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But 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, therefore, 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.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. 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.
3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
4. 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.
5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for
children wherever possible.
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.
Please could all parents, even those that are currently self-isolating consider whether they fall into any of the identified categories (as your child/children may be eligible for the priority provision after your isolation ends).
Please complete the survey on school website ‘Spider’ as soon as possible.
Please could you approach your employer to confirm your status as a critical worker and gain some written evidence regarding this. You will need to provide this evidence if you are offered a place. Please email me a copy email@example.com of this evidence and if we are to offer a place to your child/children, on the day, please bring the evidence with you.
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