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SCHOOL CLOSED ON MONDAY 23RD MARCH FOR ALL PUPILS (INCLUDING KEY WORKER CHILDREN )

This has been an extremely challenging time for us all. We have all found it hard to say goodbye to many of our children and it feels like a wrench at some of the most important times in their lives but their safety is far more important. We have sent out as much information as we can through updates, parentmail, the website as well as our schools app. Please help everyone to be aware and feel free to share the information that you receive.

In order to reorganise the school into one main hub of emergency childcare in the JUNIOR department, we are closing the school on MONDAY 23rd March to enable any essential furniture and resources for infant children to be moved into a newly arranged junior department. There is also time to engage in a deeper clean prior to any children arriving into the building when we re-open on Tuesday to those parents who have been communicated directly with regarding the arrangements for next week. Please do not contact the office who now only have 1 member of staff left out of a team of 4 unless it is an absolute emergency.

Frontline Staff

There has been a big announcement, (and precious little detail) about schools remaining open for keyworkers and vulnerable children. Naturally, we support this initiative to support our brave, hardworking NHS staff in their fight to save lives. If everyone on the current published  list took a school place, many schools would have more children in than they did before they closed. Although some of our teachers are also eligible, many of us are not taking a place for our children at local schools.

At the very top of the document it says:

“And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why 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.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But 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.”

At school we  have had difficult decisions to make about how to balance this duty with the responsibility of asking our  staff to continue coming in to work, potentially putting their health and that of their families at greater risk. So, we will aim to do as much as we can, but we will do it as safely as possible. To start with, we are prioritising from the initial list that the office staff have been able to organise.  A letter via parentmail has been sent to those staff with the remaining caveat that every place that is taken up multiplies the risk of infection to your child, the other children, our staff, frontline medical staff and vulnerable people who live with these people.

We would ask that even with key worker eligibility, please do not take up a place unless you have absolutely no alternative. 

We would wish that all of our school community stay well and that we can all bring out the best of each other in order to work as a nation to resume life back to normality as soon as possible.

Letter to Keyworkers

Highfield CE Primary School home learning parents UPDATED

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