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Key Worker provision

20th March 2020 in Uncategorized

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing following the recent guidelines released from the Government. It is clear that there are going to be some really tough times ahead for our families and as a school, we will do everything we can to support our community. Thank you to all our families who have passed on positive messages of thanks to our staff in the last few days, appreciating the high level of emotional support we are aiming to give to our children.

Key Worker Families and Vulnerable Children

The Government has announced that after Friday, schools should plan for provision for a specific group of children – children of key workers and ‘vulnerable children’.

Guidance is given here on this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

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 

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.

  • 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.

 

If workers think 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 this essential public service.

 

The provision is also available to children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan, but it is not compulsory to attend. Children who are under the care of the Local Authority and have a social worker, must attend school.

 

To be able to plan for this provision, we are asking families to fill in the ‘Google Formshttps://forms.gle/tdwTajUvUHQP621i9. This will enable us to plan for children who have no other option due to not being able to be looked after by any other means.

We are really grateful to all staff for coming into school to support your children.

The provision at school is childcare – not teaching. 

Safeguarding

If any safeguarding matters arise in this time away from school, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: head@threemilestone.cornwall.sch.uk

For serious safeguarding matters where you feel someone is at risk, please contact the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 1231 116

Community and Vulnerable families

Our connection with Rev’d Jeremy at All Saints Church in Highertown continues to be a strength of the school. This is also the place whereby families can access the Foodbank and other forms of support. It is a really challenging time coming up, and families need to be able to ask for support, without embarrassment or shame. The support is there.

https://www.asht.org.uk/the-foodbank.html

07721 711669

I have contacted Cornwall Council with regard to providing ongoing support for children who are in receipt of Free School Meals. I have been informed a response will be provided in due course once Government guidelines have been considered.

Following school closure, our practice will develop in-line with the latest Government and DfE guidelines and we will do our best to keep families informed of the latest developments. We are all here to support your children’s learning and wellbeing as best we can. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or myself if you have any questions.

Many thanks

Ms Teagle

 

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