Latest Update - Corona Virus 24th March 2020
This letter follows the Government action taken yesterday (23rd March 2020) to restrict all
nonessential travel of action and the decision taken on the 20th March 2020 to close all early years’
settings, schools and college apart from to Keyworker children and those deemed as most
vulnerable. Both decisions have been taken as part of the Government’s response to the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. This is a direct intervention to reduce the spread of the disease
and to prevent unnecessary deaths. The Government has directed early years settings, schools and
colleges to remain open to provide support to vulnerable children and their families and for people
identified as critical to managing the outbreak of the virus.
I need to make it clear that school closures are critical to reduce the spread of the virus to a level the
NHS can cope with. This is essential to save lives. If a substantial number of children continue to
attend school this will unravel this initiative and make this pandemic likely. The Government have
also stated that all non-essential travel must be stopped.
Children of Critical Workers
Schools are remaining open only to the children of workers critical to the ongoing management of
Covid-19, that are unable to safely stay at home. We need to ensure that the number of children and
young people accessing the offer of provision in a setting, school or college is kept to the lowest
number possible. Therefore, even if you have been deemed a critical worker, if your children can
remain at home rather than attend school, on some or all days, then they should. Please only use
the offer of provision when it is crucial for you to undertake your critical role. Samantha Wall will be
calling individual families today who have indicated that they wanted childcare to see if this is still a
The list of critical workers can be found here:
Schools, settings and colleges are open to provide care to enable critical workers to respond to the
crucial role you will play in the response to the COVID-19 emergency, but you must also support
your school, setting and college and only use this offer of support if you have no alternatives for
childcare for your child(ren). Clearly the more children and young people that attend an education
setting the wider the risk of spreading the virus grows.
Children with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) or a Social Worker.
If your child has an EHCP and/or an allocated Social Worker and it is not possible to safely keep them
at home, they may attend school, college or early years setting. Please only use the offer of provision
when it is absolutely necessary. If you do decide to keep your child/ren at home and you need
additional support, please contact our school on the new temporary number or via
Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will continue to work to support you.
Free School Meals
We are still waiting what the LA and government are to do about this matter- we are awaiting the
announcement of a voucher system and we will get this information to you as soon as we can. In the
meantime if you have requested a packed lunch free school meal these can be collected from the
School (outside the door to follow social distancing rules) between the hours of 11.30-12.30 on
Monday to Friday. We will provide this service as long as we are able to.
We continue to work closely with the Local Authority in order to offer a consistent and safe response
to the current crisis. The health and safety of your children and your family is everyone’s first
Thank you for your co-operation, kindness and support at this challenging time. I send you all my
thoughts and well wishes.
Stay well everyone.