Update on Coronavirus Provision in Schools – 22 March 2020
You will no doubt be aware that the current situation with Coronavirus is accelerating. Therefore, I would like to remind you of the latest update from Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, who tweeted on Saturday “You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should”
It is absolutely clear that in the vast majority of cases, the safest place for students is in the home. In order to ensure that school staff are also kept safe, and we have the absolute minimum contact in school, we will need to prioritise students that are most in need. Therefore, if you need your child to come into school, please note the following:
- We will require a letter from your employer confirming that you are in a full-time role, that means you would be unable to look after your child during school hours. We will require your employer to confirm the hours that you will be needed in your place of work. If you are a critical worker and are able to work from home, we will not be able to accommodate your child.
- We will require this for BOTH parents; or evidence that you are a single parent.
- If your child in Year 11 or older, we will not be able to accommodate them.
- If your child has an EHCP, we will require the same evidence that you will not be able to look after them at home because you are a critical worker.
Without this evidence, please do not send your child into school; we will not be able to accommodate them and they will be sent home. I realise that this may seem like a draconian approach, but if we are to follow the advice on social distancing and self-isolation these measures are necessary and I have an obligation to keep my staff safe.
We have provided resources through the website and ClassCharts which will enable your child to continue working at home www.prospect.reading.sch.uk/poodle. As has been said many times before, we are in unprecedented times which is requiring us to radically change the way that we are working and living our lives. I trust you will understand why this approach is necessary and I am, as always, extremely appreciative of your support,