Latest letter 20.03.20
Dear Parents and Carers
Once again, I would like to thank you for your support, help and overwhelmingly positive feedback that we have received this week as we have had to get to grips with our changing roles for the foreseeable future.
These have been and will continue to be, challenging times but the strength of our community is how we pull together and support each other. We recognise that the coming weeks are not going to be easy. We will continue communicating with you regularly through our text systems and the website.
The Government has stated that ‘the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
Schools are 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. Schools, and all childcare providers, have been asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, Health Care plans.’
As a school, we have been organising staffing to make provision for those who have informed us that they are in need of attending school based on the criteria. Ideally, we would want to be able to provide childcare for all children of key workers – however – this will depend upon our staffing levels. We will be risk assessing on a daily basis but it may be necessary to prioritise availability. Those attending will need to be in school uniform and normal expectations of school life will apply.
Children entitled to Free School Meals
We will be using a Government backed voucher scheme. There will be more details early next week.
We will be continually updating this section of the website https://www.cliftonvilleprimary.co.uk/home-learning/ with work and activities that could be completed at home. A green book will be going home tonight for all home learning activities. If your child does not receive one, you are more than welcome to collect one from the office unless you are self isolating.
If there are any issues with access to the internet, we do have some paper copies in the school office if needed.