Trust Update: Groups Exempt from School Closure
SCHOOL CLOSURES: KEY GROUPS
Many thanks to parents and carers across all Trust schools for responding to our survey. We will be expecting all those who have registered to be in their respective schools on Monday 23rd March. This has been a very difficult period for all concerned and your support and kind words have been much appreciated. Our school communities remain focused and determined and we look forward to keeping in touch with everyone in the weeks and months ahead.
We have now received additional guidance from the Department for Education and can confirm that schools across the Trust will close with effect from Monday 23rd March. This closure will apply to almost all children and, at this point, the closure is indefinite. The DfE updates their information on a regular basis and you can find a link to their website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
There is also some advice on mental health and wellbeing here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing
Since the Secretary of State for Education announced that the 2020 exam series in England would be cancelled to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the government worked to develop a process which fairly recognises students’ work and makes sure they get their grades in time to progress. You will find on the following link details about how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded this summer, further guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers and an open letter to students who were expecting to be taking their exams this summer: //www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcses-as-and-a-level-awarding-summer-2020
This action is being taken in order to halt the spread of the virus and the government advice is now clear: “If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.”
Trust schools, therefore, will only open for children in specific groups who cannot be cared for at home. The government advice is as follows:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
The government’s list of key workers and key pupil groups is printed in its entirety below (Trust Update no. 4). Please note that only one parent needs to be in a key group in order for a child to remain at school.
In order to keep the whole community as safe as possible, and for as long as possible, please see the information below for the measures that are being implemented across all schools immediately: