As I am sure you are all aware the situation is changing rapidly and we are doing our best to enact the guidance laid down by government. We have also taken advice from the Local Authority in this regard and because I have a duty of care to my staff, we will be using the guidance in the following way.
The Government advice:
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open for those children that absolutely need to attend. Every child who can be cared for safely at home, should be. If it is at all possible that a child can be at home, then they should be.
Therefore, if a parent is in the key worker group but can arrange safe childcare other than school they should do this. This is to ensure that we protect those workers who are in critical roles from infection as far as possible.
We have spoken to all Cluster Headteachers and the local authority to agree a shared criteria that allows schools to meet the needs of child care for Key workers and vulnerable groups, without putting staff at risk.
• Partners are BOTH in the Key Worker category
• Single parent families who meet the Key Worker criteria
• 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, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.