KEY WORKER INFORMATION 18.03.20 to now
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KEY WORKER PROVISION FROM JUNE 1st
As you will be aware the Government has proposed that from June 1st there will be a wider school opening for all Year 6 children (as long as all conditions are met). If this occurs please be assured that we will continue to offer provision for the children of Key Workers. Your child will attend school in a separate and distinct group from Yr 6 within school (please note that Yr 6 children who are also Key Worker children will rejoin their year group).
Following Government guidance the size of the group that your child will be in will increase from the current 8 to a maximum of 15 children from across Years 3 - 5. Their experience will change as school will be shared with 60 more children plus staff and by necessity there will have to be more restrictions in order to minimise contact between different groups in school.
We intend to keep the start and finish times of school as they are but will be asking that drop off and pick up times are strictly adhered to. Your child will need to be at school promptly for an 8.40am start so that they can come in, wash hands and be settled before the next group arrive. Their day will be more tightly structured and they will follow the Home Learning package that we have posted on the website. School will end at 3.30pm unless you have arranged an earlier pick up time. Early pick ups will not be available between 2.45 and 3.25pm.
I would be grateful if you would read the letter that is being sent to all Year 6 parents/carers - a copy of which is available under the 'Letters Home' or 'Wider School Opening' tabs. This gives a clear outline of how expectations will change in school and the reasons for this. An increased number of people in school necessitates clearer guidance and restrictions in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. Hot meals will be available for lunch but I am afraid that these will no longer be provided free of charge.
HOWEVER there will continue to be provision for your child on a Wednesday afternoon (unlike Year 6) unless this is not required.
Please continue to inform us on 0793 642 1549 when you require provision for the week beginning June 1st and beyond, giving as much notice as possible.
Thank you for your support - it has been, and is, greatly appreciated.
Half Term Closure 25th - 29th May
Due to the very small number of requests for provision over half-term and the Government's announcement about schools possibly taking in Year 6 on June 1st school will be closed to ALL children over half-term (25th - 29th May)
During the week staff will need to re-organise teaching rooms and plan for this expansion of numbers (assuming that scientific advice allows for this).
School will therefore re-open to Key Worker children (and Year 6 potentially) on Monday 1st June. Please continue to use the text service 0793 642 1549 to inform us of when your child requires provision as you have been doing. Thank you - this has helped us hugely with our planning and it will continue to be the case.
New Term - MONDAY 20TH APRIL - KEY WORKER CHILDREN
WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL
On Monday 20th April school will again be open 5 days a week as the 'summer term' starts.
Whilst I appreciate that some of you have already done so could I ask that you confirm the days/dates that your child will be requiring provision from next week please. I am conscious that for some of you work patterns may have changed as Easter has gone by.
Thank you again to those of you who have been able to arrange alternative childcare arrangements so that your children have not needed to attend in line with government advice.
Please provide provision requirements by texting:
0793 642 1549
As usual the school gates will open at 8.40am and the day finish at 3.30pm
If you do not require provision then there is no need to respond, however........
Key Worker Experiences
We are wondering whether if any of you might like to contribute your own experiences to a collection of 'A Day in the Life of a Key Worker' diary? We thought that it would be good to share some reflections with our wider school community. Your piece can of course be anonymous but we thought that sharing different experiences might be an interesting way of increasing understanding of how our different key roles fit together in society's battle against COVID-19.
If you would be willing to share a snapshot of your day could we ask that you email it to school at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks - stay safe
EASTER OPENING FOR KEY WORKER'S CHILDREN
MONDAY 6TH APRIL
School remains open over the Easter Holiday period on the following dates only;
Week 1 - Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th April
Week 2 - Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th April
KEY WORKERS have already had dates for provision confirmed for their children however if a situation arises that requires a sudden alteration to your plans please let us know as soon as you can by texting 0793 642 1549
KEY WORKERS INFORMATION - planning for EASTER OPENING
MONDAY 30th MARCH
Schools are awaiting further instruction from Government about their expectation that we will be open over the Easter Holiday period (possibly including the Bank Holidays). We are very much hoping that we will know more at some point today as obviously arranging our staffing is paramount let alone giving you enough time to sort your work arrangements .
In order to put plans into place what we do need to know is whether any of you, our Key Worker parents, will require school to be open over the Easter holiday so that you can carry out your roles. We know that many of you have worked hard to cover child care in the last week or so (thank you) however the Easter period may bring about changes in shift patterns making this easier or more difficult.
If you are in the position that you absolutely require provision over the Easter period please text dates and times to the usual mobile number, include Bank Holiday Friday and Monday if necessary.
0793 642 1549
As I have said we are making plans on the basis that school will be open for at least some of the holiday period but we are hoping that we will have greater clarity on this by mid-week when we can let you know officially.
Thank you for keeping us up to date on the changes to your work patterns, it has helped us hugely to plan ahead.
Take care and keep safe
KEY WORKER INFORMATION
Sunday 22nd March - 3.00pm
Dear Parents and Carers in Key Worker roles
Maintained educational provision for children of key workers during COVID-19
Currently 63 children of Key Workers have been offered some level of provision – we had many more requests.
Thank you for working with us thus far and appreciating that the situation is changing on a daily basis. Thank you to those who have responded by combining school provision and other childcare or have organised to keep your child at home full time.
Our Friday plans were made obsolete by the Government’s advice, issued on Saturday, regarding Social Distancing. As a result of these changes we have put together a new plan of action today.
I would ask that everyone exercise a duty of care and responsibility to others including school staff. Having Key Worker’s children together in school presents a major issue in terms of the potential spread of the virus to all of us.
IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD PRESENTS WITH ANY OF THE SYMPTOMS, HOWEVER MILD DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL
The 'School' Day
School opens at 8.40
Arrival at school can be staggered by you as the gate will not be locked until 9.10am. Please do your bit by supporting us in ensuring that your child is in school by this time unless we have agreed a different starting time.
Please go through to the rear playground and practise Social Distancing with your child –it is crucial that we know who has arrived and is on-site at this point.
Children will be welcomed in through the rear door by staff who will direct children to handwashing points.
After 9.10am the only entrance to school will be via the main visitor entrance – hands washed by everyone on arrival and before talking to office staff please.
The day’s activities will consist of ‘formal’ learning, creative sessions, physical activity (done outside), learning on iPads and lots and lots of reading.
Children will work in Year groups – maximum number of children in one group is currently 18 – this allows for one child to work at one desk when in the building.
Groups will be led by one teacher – one of our Teaching Assistants will support across two groups.
We have placed our staff on a weekly rota – this supports them in caring for their own family members, allows us some measure of flexibility in the event of staff illness and means we are trying to meet the working from home expectations.
Dinners will be eaten as a Year Group – eating times will be staggered.
School meals cooked on-site will be provided free to all children in school so that they can have a hot mid-day meal and remove an additional worry from parents. However if a packed lunch is a must for your child then this is absolutely fine.
School will end as usual at 3.30
Year 3 will leave school by the front entrance door (main visitor door)
Year 4 will leave school by the usual pupil gate
Year 5 will leave school through the fire exit door of Miss Pilling’s classroom (further down Church Street from the main gate)
Year 6 will leave from the rear door of the building
This separated end of the day should allow for some measure of Social Distancing. Please apply the same expectations to your own behaviours - if pick up is by someone else ensure that you have shared these expectations with that person.
If you have more than one child at school please arrange a meeting point – we would suggest that this is at the younger siblings exit point.
Of course we will, as usual, continue to look after children whose parents might be delayed but ensure that you inform us on a daily basis if this happens.
If you have arranged different start / pick up times with us please bring your child to the school office (and hand wash).
We are aware that a number of you are not accessing school 5 days a week (thank you) and we have records of the times you require care for your child.
If shift patterns / working hours change as things develop please let us know asap and we will try to support this.
Equipment to be brought into school
- School uniform will NOT need to be worn – clothing that can be worn for PE/activity would be ideal.
- Personal pen/pencil case – this minimises sharing
- A set of Forest School kit
- An oversized shirt / t-shirt to act as an overall for painting/making
- Snack – we would like to keep the healthy snack expectation going please – if possible we will provide this but given supermarket supplies and delivery issues this is liable to be problematic.
Usual expectations of behaviour will apply. PRIDE stops for nothing!
We must re-iterate that we cannot guarantee Social Distancing whilst your child is in school.
We will attempt to reduce instances of contact but they are young children and social contact is hugely important for them. We must remember that the children’s emotional well-being is paramount and this will mean that staff will act as any caring parent would do.
Please also be aware that passing messages at the start / end of the day will be more problematic therefore we are setting up a school mobile number to allow text messages only to be sent to school by KEY WORKERS ONLY – please do not share this number more widely.
0793 642 1549
We will monitor this number during the day and respond when possible.
As we have said we will be operating on a weekly rota for staff. This means that we will not have the usual numbers of staff available to speak with you at the beginning and end of the day please do not be frustrated or irritated by this – we are all operating in unfamiliar territory.
I would like to say two last things – firstly a heartfelt thank you for your support whilst we have attempted to address the ever changing situation whilst keeping focused on the children. You have understood that we do not have all the answers but that we have tried very hard to provide clear and consistent information whenever we have received it. It saddens me that there have been many cases of abuse / rudeness directed at staff at other schools as they have tried to manage this unprecedented situation. This is not our school experience so thank you once again.
Secondly - for those of you in roles that mean you are placing yourselves at an increased risk thank you so much on behalf of us all and to those in other roles critical to the COVID-19 response we also express our thanks. Please say hello to school staff and ask how they are doing if you have the chance, knowing that people outside of the building are concerned for their well-being will mean a great deal.
Thank you and again, take care
Sunday 22 March - 10am
THIS MORNING WE RECEIVED GUIDANCE FROM GOVERNMENT AS TO WHO CONSTITUTES A KEY WORKER - PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LETTER AND LOOK AT THE LIST OF WORKERS - THERE IS ALSO A COPY OF THIS LETTER IN THE LETTERS HOME SECTION - PLEASE REFRAIN FROM CALLING SCHOOL UNLESS YOU ARE INFORMING US OF YOUR CHILD'S ABSENCE.
Dear Parents and Carers
Friday 20th March
Maintained educational provision for children of key workers during Covid-19
The government has now published the list of key workers whose children are eligible to continue to attend school during the closures due to Covid-19.
“If workers think that they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of the essential public service”
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:If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
If you believe that your child(ren) require a placement and, having considered all the advice above, you need to send them to school, please email school directly: email@example.com
- In this email please state:
- Your child’s name (s) and class
- Your job/role and that your employer believes that this qualifies within the government’s specified list – please provide confirmation from them that this is the case (if you cannot get this today then please do so early next week). We recognise that this may change very quickly but we do need some idea for next week
- The days on which you require them to attend school (as we appreciate that people will work shift patterns and may not require every day)
- If your child will require lunch to be provided
- Please email as soon as you can, but please be aware that government advice clearly states
- “if it is at all possible for children to stay at home, they should.”
- We appreciate that parents/carers in this category are likely to be working today and may not be able to email before school closes this afternoon. We will continue to monitor emails over the weekend.
- We will endeavour to reply to emails confirming whether or not we are able to offer a place.
- Given the expectation on schools to also provide placements and other services for vulnerable children, the need to be mindful of guidance on social distancing and the needs of our staff please be aware that we may not have the capacity to provide a place for all children at Riddings Junior School – if this is the case then arrangements with other schools may be necessary.
- Please note that if your child comes to school we will be offering a range of supervised learning activities which will include some normal lessons taught by staff. Despite this change our usual expectations of PRIDE will apply which will include the need to wear school uniform – at times of worry children find comfort in normality.
- We have been, and remain committed to doing all that we can to support wider society and our school community in combatting Covid-19.
- Thank you and best wishes
- Mr Cates
Key Worker Advice
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.
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.
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.
- Dear All
- Firstly, can I say a large thank you for your continued support at this challenging time especially with regard to following our request regarding phone calls. Today I have been meeting with staff and talking with agencies about what steps we will be taking next especially with regards to providing meals for those children who receive Free School Meals and which children will be able to access school and the children of Key Workers.
- Unfortunately we have received no additional information or guidance from Government as yet (this is not a criticism more a matter of fact as there are a huge number of issues to resolve on a national level and far more than just education). This is frustrating for us all but we will inform you of any information we receive and how we will respond.
- Today in assembly we talked about the situation we are now facing and how this will impact upon many people in different ways, especially for many children. Year 6 were spoken to about the cancellation of SATS but assured that this is a very small part of their journey through Junior school. I also spoke to the children about the importance of keeping their learning skills sharp – rustiness happens easily. Today Year 5 participated in Bikeability and classes in Year 3 and 4 played drums – for the children it has been another great day full of learning and hand-washing!
- I must take this opportunity to say that your children have been an absolute credit to themselves and to you over the past couple of weeks in particular – they have taken on-board the seriousness of the situation, accepted and adapted to the changes we have brought in and never lost the ability to smile – I have never been prouder of the children and staff.
- The children will be coming home today with a Home Learning pack for next week – this complements the learning opportunities that we have already pointed you towards on the website. As next week progresses we will let you know what our next steps will be for the provision of work. By the end of tomorrow they should also be equipped with 3 reading books.
- With regards to the announcements last night, we were made aware of these at exactly the same time as the public and had no prior warning. When we receive further guidance from the government regarding precise details of who is a key worker and specifically which vulnerable groups of children may attend school we will inform you via letter (if possible), the website and text.
- Thank you once again for your support.
- Mr Cates
I am sure that by now you will have heard that schools are to close to the majority of children from the end of the day on Friday. We will be open as usual until then with all planned events/activities still taking place.
If you have already told us that your child will not be in school then you do not need to do this again.
Following the Government’s announcement this evening I have yet to receive any further guidance but I am sure that more detailed information will be arrive over the next 48 hours - when I know more and we are able to decide upon our next steps regarding opening for Key Workers and identified children we will, of course, let you know.
As a result please do not phone school tomorrow morning (19th March) expecting immediate answers to questions you may have - as yet we have no concrete answers.
If you have yet to check the home learning options on the 'Learning at Home' tab please do so - more detail on how we will be supporting your child's learning will become available next week.
This is a difficult time for everyone - please be assured that we are and will be doing everything we can to help our children, families and staff.
I will update you as I receive further information and establish our next steps forward.
Thank you and please take care