Return to school update 4 January 2021

By 4th January 2021 School News

4th January 2021: COVID 19 UPDATE and return to school plans from Mrs Eveleigh

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the Spring Term 2021.I do hope you have managed a break, had some festive fun and most importantly, kept well and safe.

I have not written sooner as the picture for primary education seems to be changing almost hourly and indeed, I have not yet heard what announcements are going to be made this evening. So, as it stands at 5:30pm…here is the most up to date information summary for the start of the children’s term, TOMORROW 5th January.

  • All children who are well, not displaying symptoms of COVID-19, and are not under any legal self-isolation restrictions, are expected to come in to school on the 5th January,2021
  • The drop-off and collection times remain as per last term.
  • Please can adults wear masks as soon as they enter through the school gates until they leave.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing school uniform with the suggested additional layers to keep them warm as we are still required to keep rooms well ventilated.
  • Please can a remind parents to keep 2 metres distance from each other in the playground- you will have to shout Happy New Year to each other😊!
  • Children will be reminded about keeping their distance in class and non-contact during playtimes.

 

URGENT: We would like to update our records with regard to critical workers in case the situation changes. Please see the information below to check if you are regarded as a critical worker.  Please advise the admin team if you fit the criteria. Even those who have previously advised us, please can you confirm this is still the case. This will be of vital importance should we be in another full lockdown situation.

We have continued to work hard following guidance and advice from the Government, Local Authority (LA), Unions and the Department for Education (DfE) to prepare both our schools for opening again tomorrow and beyond. Our risk assessments have been updated and will be on the website soon, just as before. We have changed a few things in the light of the current situation. The main changes are asking parents to wear masks as soon as they enter the premises and teachers may now be wearing visors during teaching.

In the meantime, please enjoy the rest of the evening and hopefully we will see you all tomorrow! 😊. Should the situation change at 8pm, I will be in touch.

 

Kindest regards

Deborah Eveleigh

 

Guidance

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

Updated 31 December 2020

Critical workers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

Health and social care

This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes:

  • childcare
  • support and teaching staff
  • social workers
  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach

Key public services

This includes:

  • those essential to the running of the justice system
  • religious staff
  • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
  • those responsible for the management of the deceased
  • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:

  • the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:

  • production
  • processing
  • distribution
  • sale and delivery
  • as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

Public safety and national security

This includes:

  • police and support staff
  • Ministry of Defence civilians
  • contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
  • fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas

Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes:

  • staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
  • the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
  • information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
  • key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
  • postal services and delivery
  • payments providers
  • waste disposal sectors