In order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the government has issued clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus)The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is clear: if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
We and other schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children; those who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. A link to the key worker categories is included here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision.
It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), 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.
We have asked parents who fall into one of the identified key-worker categories, to notify the school of their intentions by responding to a text message sent on Friday 20th March. Parents of vulnerable students have been contacted individually. It is important that we receive prior-notification if your child will come into school.
For students who remain at home, they should regularly complete work set by teaching staff. This will either be set via “Teams” or by accessing the Knowledge Organisers to be found under the Learning and Curriculum tab (https://www.colfox.org/homework-by-subject/) Where requested, a pack of work has been provided for students who do not have access to a computer or the internet.