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Advice, guidance, links and the most up to date information that we have about the pandemic Coronavirus Covid-19 can be found on this page, which will be updated regularly to give you the best information that we have to hand.

 

Please work with us by following guidance and requests to keep all our school community safe. Thank you.

Advice and News Regarding Returning to School

THIS PAGE WILL BE REVIEWED AND REFRESHED AS REGULARLY AS WE CAN SO THAT OUR PARENTAL COMMUNITY IS AS UP TO DATE WITH RE-OPENING INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE.

Thank you in anticipation of your support and understanding. 

England has been informed by the Prime Minister (10/5/2020) that Primary aged children in Years Reception, 1 and 6 are to return to school in a phased way from Monday 1st June 2020.

We are now able to look at and adapt our Health and Safety and Risk Assessment documentation so that the school will be as safe as possible for both children and staff to return to school based education. We are currently looking into how the school environment (classrooms / hall for lunchtime / staggered timetables for shared areas etc) can be adapted and resourced so that children will be able to work/eat/play with social distancing measures securely in place. 

PLEASE NOTE: We must make it clear that the school will not be able to provide an entirely Covid-19 Free environment for children and staff due to the nature of very young socially active children in shared environments using shared space and resources (such as pencils and pens, scissors and play equipment etc). This is despite the existing regular use of disinfectant, hand-washing and social distancing measures. 

Soon we will be contacting parents who have children in Years Reception and Year 1 by text / email via primary site to ask if it is your intention to send your child back to school on Monday 1st June. This way, we will know how many children we will be catering for and how many children are not returning due to differing family circumstance.

If you elect NOT to send your eligible child back to school on Monday June 1st

Children will be recorded as self-isolating, using the existing code for absence, which will not trigger penalty fines for non-attendance. Refreshed learning opportunities will continue to be provided online via the school website BUT clearly children will not be receiving the same amount or quality of education that can be provided in school face to face.

School will continue to provide childcare for all Key Worker children in Year 2, should this be required.

Staff will continue to provide refreshed learning opportunities for Year 2 children who are accessing learning in the home.  

We continue to be responding to exceptional circumstances and completely new ways of working and educating children - Please work with us to provide solutions and work proactively to address very difficult circumstances as well as individual child, family and staff needs - Thank you.

Help and advice if your personal circumstances change.

Guidance for Parents re Key Workers and accessing care for your child through school

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. 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.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.

Important Information for Parents Re: Early Years and Childcare Provision

For the full Government document re. closure of educational settings - info for parents, please go to :

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Key Worker Registration Form 20th March 2020

The Government has announced 18/03/2020 that ALL schools will close to all children from families whose parents are not a "Key Worker".

 

Official Key Workers according to the Government 20/3/2020

Health and social care

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

Nursery, school staff and social workers.

Key public services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods

Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security

Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Transport

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services

Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

 

Also the following groups of children may attend school:

 - those with Education Health Care Plans. Those who are Children in the Care of Social Workers and/or Looked After Children

 

Gov.uk states that "Children of parents who do not fall into any of these categories should not attend school and remain at home."

 

Of course PARENTS must make the final decision as to whether their children continue to attend school if they fall into the above groups and categories.

Only children who are from families that show no sign of the Covid-19 Coronavirus symptoms should attend school.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Several staff at Marchwood C of E Infant School are self isolating or have the symptoms of Covid-19. School can only remain open if sufficient staffing levels remain safe to do so. Parents should clearly understand that the school may be closed to ALL families at short notice if staff health and therefore sufficient staff levels deteriorate.

 

MORE INFORMATION AND ADVICE IS PENDING AND ALL FINAL DECISIONS WILL BE MADE BEFORE THE CLOSE OF SCHOOL ON FRIDAY 20th MARCH 2020.

 

Latest guidance from NHS and from school 17th March 2020

Letter to parents 16th March 2020 re self isolating and what to do if symptoms occur in your family

Public Health England (PHE) Advice for places of education

To access letters previously published and sent home to parents with advice and information about Covid-19 Coronavirus, please click on the following link to 'Letters'. 
To find activities and suggestions as to how you can help your child at home or to access home learning suggestions please click on the following link to Class Pages.
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