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Information for Key Worker Parents | 18th January 2021

Dear parents and carers, 

We are finding that numbers of pupils attending our academy are much higher than during last year’s school closure. Some year group bubbles are particularly large at the moment – Y2, Y4 and Y6. 

When this lockdown began on 5th January, the government said that all key workers could have places for their children. The guidance has now changed and is copied below for you.  

“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. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.”

More children in school increases the risks for us all and may transmit the virus into the homes of our families and staff.  We love having our pupils in school and it is easier for us to educate them in the classroom, but we have to do all we can right now to keep people safe. 

We are asking all key worker families to keep their children at home if you can and if it is safe to do so. We don’t want any children being left at home alone, but if a responsible adult is at home to look after them, then they should stay at home. 

We understand that some parents work some days and not others, so we are asking you to only send your children on the days that you are working. If you have just come off a night shift, then please send your children as it wouldn’t be safe to look after them whilst sleeping. 

We do know how difficult this is for our families but this is so important right now. We have had more cases in school and amongst pupils’ families so we must all do all we can to prevent the further spread of this dreadful virus. 

Any child working from home will be able to complete remote learning. If parents do not have laptops or tablets etc, then paper packs can be printed for you. 

We are waiting for more devices from the government and should receive them soon so please let us know if you would like to be put on the list for a device if one becomes available. 

This information above does not apply to nursery pupils as they are not in school as key workers. Nursery pupils can continue to come to school if parents want them to. 

Vulnerable pupils must still come to school as normal. 

I really hope that everyone understands the importance of this message and supports us in keeping everyone safe, even though this is far from ideal. 

Yours sincerely, 

Mrs D Broadhurst 

Headteacher