FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS, PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE AND OUR NHS Dear Parent/Carer Today our school is closing for nearly all children and I would like to clarify the updated school position on providing EMERGENCY child care for those parents deemed critical key workers. From Monday the government has stated the following 

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. 
  • Schools as they normally run are closed. 
  • Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. 
  • 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. The ‘absolute need’ is the key point in the government statement. Parents have a social responsibility to exhaust all possibilities. For a small number of children and families, there will be a different provision moving forwards. The school can only open if it is safe to do so. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease. School is a limited and emergency child care resource ONLY. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. 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. This follows the principle of social distancing. The key principles of the emergency child care are if children can stay safely at home with one parent/carer, they SHOULD. This is to limit the chance of the virus spreading. The government has asked parents/carers to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open ONLY for those children who absolutely need to attend. Our school will be open only to children as follows: 
  1. 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. 2. 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: We absolutely MUST abide by these principles. If you are a key worker or if you have a child who school feel is vulnerable, is vulnerable, it is essential that you exhaust all other opportunities to arrange childcare with another member of your household before relying on the school eg partner, family member over the age of 18 or family member not in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents over the age of 70, or anyone with underlying health conditions. It is expected that this should be a limited service and using this, when it is not absolutely necessary, puts YOUR children and my school staff at a significantly increased risk. 

We absolutely MUST COMPLY with the guidance in order to protect our children and staff and to ensure that this EMERGENCY provision can be sustained in the coming weeks. The continuation of this service will be dependent upon our staffing levels, of which we will keep you updated as regularly as we can. A text has been sent out- if your child has Free School Meals there is an email address to respond to on the text if you wish to take up that offer of a packed 

lunch. The packed lunches will be available from 11:30 to 12:30am from the school entrance. You have been given a list of your children’s KEY workers in your Home Learning packs and you should make any contact through them. DO NOT call the school office. REMINDER: Nursery and 2 Year olds key contact is Miss Eager. Use Tapestry Reception key contact is Mrs Mann. Use Tapestry. Year 1 key contact is Miss Mellody. Use SeeSaw. Year 2 key contact is Mrs Lewis. Use SeeSaw. ARP key contact is Miss Ogden. Use SeeSaw Year 3 key contact is Miss Watts. Use email. whitehouse.y3@ntlp.org.uk Year 4 key contact is Miss Mothersdale. Use email whitehouse.y4@ntlp.org.uk Year 5 key contact is Mr Rawsthorne. Use email. whitehouse.y5@ntlp.org.uk Year 6 key contact is Mr Gill Quirke. Use email whitehouse.y6@ntlp.org.uk If you are a key worker and if your school is closed, then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend. Stay safe and with best wishes to all our families. 

R Woods Headteacher 

 

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