WC 8th February – Key Worker Priorities, School Places Form Link, Return to School

Dear Families,

How strange time is that we can hardly believe we are approaching February Half Term next week while January 4th seems so long ago. The school will be closing for the Half Term holidays at 3.30pm on Friday 12th February and reopening to children on Tuesday 23 rd February, when we will restart our offer of Remote Learning and In-school provision for Vulnerable Children.

Key Worker and Vulnerable
We will reopen our Key Worker and Vulnerable children provision on Tuesday 23rd February. As numbers continue to increase, we have had to implement a priority system to comply with the DFE directive of keeping numbers in school low to help reduce the spread of the virus. The following priority will be actioned on days where the class bubble goes above 15.

The Trust’s Order of Priority:-

Frontline NHS Worker children and Vulnerable Children take overall priority.

Priority Level 1: All adults within the household are key workers (or in the case of a single parent family, where the main carer is a key worker).
In this instance, a place will be offered, only when both parents are working. Written evidence will be required from the applicable parties’ employers.

Priority Level 2: One parent is a key worker and any other adult/s in the household are required to attend their place of work.
If there is sufficient space, a place may be offered, only for when the key worker parent is working. Written evidence will be required from the applicable parties’ employers.

Priority Level 3: One parent is a key worker and any other adult/s in the household are required by their employer to work from home with no opportunity to request partial furlough.
Should places be available, we may be in a position to offer some days, e.g. 1 or 2 days a week. Written evidence will be required from the applicable parties’ employers.

Priority Level 4: One parent is a key worker and any other adult in the household is at home.
We may not be able to offer places however, should places be available, we may be in a position to offer some days, e.g. 1 or 2 days a week. Written evidence will be required from the key worker’s employer.

With all the above taken into consideration, we would be most grateful if you could now let us know which Priority Level you believe your situation relates to and submit the relevant evidence from all relevant employers (including employer contact information and your job role/s) if you have not already done so.

We understand that this will cause some disruption and upset for families trying to juggle work and family responsibilities and regret that there will be days when we cannot meet your requests. However, it is our duty to try to reduce the risk of infection within the school community and local area by strictly following the criteria of the risk assessment. We will inform you as soon as we become aware of the days the priority order will be implemented.

School Places Form Link for w/c 23rd February

Please fill in the form as you would normally, selecting only the days needed. The link for the week beginning the 23rd is below. We will keep updating our lists as the information comes through and will inform you of the days when the priority will need to be implemented and for which year groups.

http://bit.ly/2YAWJft

Return to School For all Children
We hope to have further information about the reopening of school following the half term break and we will contact families with information as soon as we have it. The Remote Learning offer will start again on Tuesday 23rd of February and will continue until the children are invited back into school.

Thank you to the children for all of their hard work. It is lovely to see some of the amazing pieces of work they are producing. We hope you all get the well-earned break you deserve and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Kindest Regards
Caroline Ainley
Head of School