Dear parents and carers,
As you may be aware, schools have seen significant increases in the number of children attending school during this lockdown. We currently have approximately double the number of pupils registered during this lockdown compared to last year. As a result, the government has published updated guidance which clarifies their position on critical workers and states:
‘Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.’
The full guidance can be found here:
Children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
In order to comply with the latest guidance, please could I ask that you give full consideration as to whether or not you are able to care for your child at home as this will help to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the community. If you are a critical worker and are able to have your child at home due to part time working, shift patterns, or having another parent or family member at home, then please do so. Families are legally able to form 'Childcare bubbles' with one other family where children are under the age of 14. The full guidance can be found here:
Making a childcare bubble with another household - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
I know how much of a challenge this must be for parents, having to balance work with looking after the family and then to support with learning at home and also that many pupils prefer the routine and structure of school. We will provide as much help with this as we can.
Another registration survey will be sent on Wednesday for next week and your support would be greatly appreciated. If you do need to continue to have your child in school then we will, of course, be more than willing to continue to accommodate them. If you would like to discuss this further with me or have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Mr Le Bredonchel