Can my child come to school if I am not a Key Worker?
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- 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.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- 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.
If your child is unwell or showing any symptoms PLEASE do not send them into school as we do not want to risk the health and wellbeing of the teacher or students of any other Key Workers in the school.
Does my child have to attend every day?
Your child does not have to attend school every day but they will need to attend for full days 8.45-2.00pm.They will need to register in each lesson. Students will need to enter via main reception area in the morning. Can we please encourage students to try to arrive on time?
What is the structure of the day?
School will open 8.45-2.00pm Students in school from Year 7-10 will study a national curriculum timetable. Students do not need to wear school uniform and they will be provided with a timetable when they arrive on Monday or the first day they come into school.
What about Year 11 and 6th Form students of Key Workers
Year 11 and 6th Form students of Key Workers are able to self-study in the 6th Form common room.
What are the catering provisions?
There will be a limited choice and service available from the catering team. The conference centre dining area will be closed but all food will be served through the Willow Café. We will pay for and provide lunch for students who are in receipt of free school meals as well as students from our key worker families.