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Critical worker places in event of partial closure

Dear parents/carers,

 

Re: Coronavirus update – possibility of partial school closure

 

As you may have seen in the news, the government may instruct our school to partially close if there’s an extremely high number of coronavirus cases in our local area. The government has said it will only do this as a last resort.   

 

However, if this happens, we’ll only be able to stay open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will need to continue their learning from home until the restrictions are lifted.

 

You can find details of our plans for remote learning under the policies section of our school website. This would be through our Class Dojo system, which the majority of you are already registered on, and familiar with.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will continue to receive these while at home. We will let you know further details of how this will work if our school is told to close. 

 

A reminder of the definitions of ‘vulnerable children’ and ‘critical workers’

 

Vulnerable children are those who:

  • Have a child in need plan or child protection plan
  • Are looked after by the local authority  
  • Have an education, health and care (EHC) plan and have been determined, following risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met at school
  • Have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by the school or LA, including children who are:
    • On the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services
    • Adopted
    • At risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
    • Living in temporary accommodation
    • Young carers

 

 

Critical workers

 

These are parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response including those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services (including the justice system, religious staff, charities 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 who are involved in delivering the coronavirus response or essential public services
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

 

For the full government document with details on critical worker criteria please read:

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

 

If your child falls into the ‘vulnerable children’ category, we will contact you in the case of a partial school closure.

 

If you fall into the ‘critical worker’ category and your child would need access to a school place as there is no one at home, it is essential that you email the following dedicated email address to ensure a place for your child in school :

admin@southparade.wakefield.sch.uk

It is vital that we have numbers of children by 4pm on Wednesday 6th January so that we can make plans in order to staff this accordingly if necessary. 

We currently have no inside information about whether schools will close or not, however we must prepare for this eventuality.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school office.

Thank you again for your continued support. We will be in touch with more information in the event that the school needs to partially close.

 

Warm regards,

 

Mrs R Peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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