Dear Parents and Carers,
Further to the Government announcement yesterday please see the information below for all parents and carers and for those parents who fit into the critical worker category.
From Tuesday 5th January, Eastcroft Park School will be open only for those children of critical workers and children who have been identified as vulnerable.
To request a place for your child both parents/carers must meet the requirement detailed in the critical worker list below and provide appropriate proof of employment including days/hours of work.
There is no automatic entitlement to a child care place in school. Please consider if your role is critical to the Covid-19 response. All critical workers will be considered for a place, as long as their job cannot be done from home and both parents/carers are critical workers. Even if you are key workers, please ask whether you have ANY other alternative childcare options. Sending your child to school should be an absolute last resort; every child who can safely be cared for at home should be .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.
If requests for places are too high and we believe that both children and staff are at increased risk because of this, then we will introduce a ‘tiered’ system for allocating places. All places will then be reviewed and considered in the light of each family’s particular circumstance / job roles etc. Some places may need to be withdrawn at that point.
If you wish to request a place for your child please contact the school by Friday 8th January. Places may not be available after this date.
The school will continue to provide care for vulnerable children. Parents and carers will be contacted individually if this is the case.
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
Children in Care / with an EHCP
All children in this category will be offered a place.
For all other children
As of Wednesday 5th January learning for most children will be accessed remotely via the school website and Seesaw. Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you via email with the arrangements and to explain how work can be accessed. Given that this announcement and action has come into effect so quickly and with limited notice, further details will be provided as soon as possible.
The remote learning offer will match the current curriculum for your child’s year group. It is important that your child completes as much of the work as possible to ensure that progress is made. Your child’s progress through their work will be monitored and checked by their teachers and feedback provided as appropriate.
Please note that teachers are providing lessons in school each day in addition to the remote learning offer. Therefore, they will respond to any parental queries when time allows and within the school day.
I apologise for the unavoidable but short notice of the latest changes and the potential disruption this may cause you. Our aim, as always, is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children and staff at Eastcroft Park.
We will update you as the situation develops and keep you informed of any changes as soon as we are able to.
I thank you for your support and work in keeping us all safe at Eastcroft Park and our wider school community.
Miss J A Withey
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
Key public services
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
Public safety and national security
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