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Coronavirus(Covid-19)- School Closure-20/03/20

Coronavirus update (Covid-19)  - Friday 20th March 2020

 

I am writing to let you know that we have been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday, 20th March 2020. This closure will be until further notice.

 

The vast majority of children will need to stay at home from Monday 23rd March 2020. Please note that this is a national closure, so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by email, text, and updates on the school website.

 

Who can still come to school?

As advised by the Government, we will do all we can to stay open for a small minority of children. These include the children of critical workers and those children defined as vulnerable by the Government. Children of Critical 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, please only send your child to school on the days that you need to work. If there is another adult within the family home able to look after your child, then the child should stay at home with them.

 

As per current guidance from Government, the list of jobs which fall under the category of Critical Worker are as follows:

 

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.

 

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

 

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

 

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

 

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

 

Vulnerable groups Children with an education health care plan (EHCP): Some children are in possession of an education health care plan (EHCP). If this is the case for your child, you may still choose to send them to school next week. This decision is at the discretion of the individual parent based on the needs of their child. Vulnerable Children: Vulnerable children are those that are in local authority care and / or those currently being supported by a named social worker. The Government have announced that these children should still attend school. Parents and carers should liaise with their named social worker should they choose not to follow this advice.

 

School closures are to minimise contact and therefore we will not be permitted to make exceptions. Please note that provision in school next week is likely to be provided by a range of school staff and not necessarily your child's current class teacher. The children attending can wear their own clothes. As things develop, it is possible that education may be provided at another local school within our locality. We will inform you as soon as possible with regards to any additional information. Breakfast Club and After School Club will continue at a reduced capacity initially from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th and only for children of Critical Workers. This will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Please contact the office to book in the usual way.

 

Free School Meals

If your child usually receives free school meals, we will be offering meals all of next week. I will share how the school will make this happen later today.

 

We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family. Wishing you the very best at this tricky time. We will keep you updated if the situation changes, please do not hesitate to contact the school via email office@aylesham.kent.sch.uk if you have any concerns in regard to the information shared.

 

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