Coronavirus Update – 24 March

In our schools we are delivering three priorities as a response to the Coronavirus epidemic:

  1. Supporting a national policy of social distancing to minimise the spread of COVID-19.  For this reason we want to reduce the number of people meeting together on school sites to the minimum necessary.  Schools are therefore closed to the majority of pupils and staff.
  2. Support key workers in delivering their critical work on the frontline of the crisis.
  3. Continuing to provide care and support for vulnerable children such as those with an EHCP or social worker.

These priorities will require careful balancing and we make the following requests of families:

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.  We anticipate that most families who have one key worker will continue to keep children at home in the care of another family member (although not grandparents) to support the aim of social distancing and to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
  • 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.

We are proactively working with our catering provider to ensure free school meals are available to all Trust eligible pupils throughout the extended period of school closure.

If you have any questions regarding these measures, your first point of contact is your child’s school.

The Department for Education has a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
The latest guidance for education settings is available here.

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