In this time...
In the mist of a storm,
You said 'Peace, be still.'
Let our anxious fears fade away,
Surround this school in faith, hope and love,
Bring our nation through this challenging time.
Grant wisdom to those with great responsibility,
Gentle hands and patience to those care,
And healing and hope to those who contract the virus.
Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This will be updated as we have further information available.
1. Closures of schools, childcare and other educational settings
1.1 What age groups does this cover?
The changes cover children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.
1.2 Will it be mandatory for all schools, colleges and registered childcare providers to remain open in some form?
We are asking schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings to remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can.
We understand that some may be unable to do so especially if they are experiencing severe staff shortages. We will work with local areas to use neighbouring schools, colleges and childcare providers to continue to support vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
1.3 How long will schools and colleges be closed for?
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed to the majority of pupils until further notice.
1.4 Will this apply to independent schools and boarding schools?
Yes. We are asking independent schools and boarding schools to do the same as state schools and remain open for critical workers and vulnerable children.
1.5 Will registered childcare providers, schools and colleges be open over Easter holidays for holiday clubs and childcare?
Where possible, we would encourage childcare providers, schools and colleges to continue to look after critical workers’ children and vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays.
1.6 I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child - can you guarantee that my child will attend their usual school or childcare provider?
We are expecting the majority of settings to stay open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children so they can continue to attend their usual provider, but we acknowledge this will be impossible for some - such as small rural schools.
Where a setting is unable to stay open, we will work with the local educational authority, regional school commissioners and neighbouring providers to find an alternative setting for their pupils.
Following the Government’s decision to close all schools from 3.15pm on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice, all school staff will be working to support and implement the Government’s COVID-19 strategy.
FRONT LINE WORKER - CONTINUED CHILD CARE REQUEST
Please complete the form below if you are a NHS front line worker for example, an emergency service worker, delivery driver or social worker and require your children to be in school to ensure their job role can continue to support the Governments COVID-19 strategy. Indicate your role, employer and current working pattern/requirements. We are aware that the working commitments of front line employees will increase and this will be supported. Please also state if you as a key worker require your child to attend from Monday 23rd March. If you don't require a school place what alternative arrangements have you made for your child? Many thanks The Redeemer
Important COVID-19 update following yesterday’s government briefing.
The Prime Minister yesterday announced a range of new measures to help the country deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. These include:
- Anyone who lives with someone who has a persistent dry cough, or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days (the period remains at seven days for anyone who has either symptom and lives alone).
- Stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.
- People should start working from home where they possibly can.
- Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.
- Only use the NHS when we really need to.
- From tomorrow, the government will no longer be 'supporting' mass gatherings using emergency workers.
The Prime Minister also said the measures would be further escalated in the coming days, when those in the high-risk categories would be told to isolate themselves for three months. This is to ensure that those with the most serious health conditions, those aged 70 and over, and women who are pregnant are largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks.
What does this mean for The Redeemer C.E. Primary School?
The Prime Minister confirmed that, for the time being, schools and educational settings will remain open but that this will remain under review.
As of Tuesday 17 March we will also be taking the following measures to reduce the risk of infection.
- Only allowing essential visitors to come onto the school site
- Cancelling all non-essential staff meetings, staff briefings, staff training, and non-essential staff visits
- Cancelling all non-essential pupil school visits and activities in school
- As soon as pupils have eaten their food at break and lunch to move outside, or individual classrooms.
- In bad weather pupils go to their classrooms
- The Senior Leadership team will keep themselves up to date with latest guidance to review the fast-changing situation in order to be able to update staff, pupils and parents as soon as possible
- We will continue to follow the advice from the government and Public Health England and make appropriate decisions and adjustments as appropriate.
The changes outlined above are significant. It will greatly alter the way we all have to work and go about our day to day lives. We do however need to retain the dedication and commitment to raising standards and improving lives. I know we will all continue to do that to the best of our capabilities. We are facing unprecedented circumstances.
I’m sure you will appreciate that the situation is moving at an incredibly fast pace and we are working hard to reflect the latest government guidance and advice to keep you safe. Your health and well-being, and those who attend school remain our absolute priority. We will continue to work through all the implications of this announcement and updated guidance and will provide further updates throughout the week. Please do also check the new COVID-19 guidance page on the government website for the latest news.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Yours sincerelyBlackburn The Redeemer C.E. Primary School