We are doing everything we can to support our children and families during these unprecedented circumstances. We will be keeping parents updated on any new information via the school website and class Dojo.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Overnight, the Government has issued guidance to schools about key workers.
In this guidance, it clearly outlines that:
It is important to underline that... 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 you are a key worker and need to use school for childcare in order to work we are available for you between the hours or 9am and 3pm. However, in light of the guidance above we would be expecting that if you have a partner at home, have alternative arrangements you can make which don’t put yourselves or other at risk or there are days you are not working that you would not use this service. This will mean that the numbers will be kept to a minimum and our children and staff are kept as safe as possible. We encourage you to keep children at home in the safest place - but we understand that isn’t always possible
The guidance relates to one parent being in one of the following professions and no one else being able to take care of the child/ren of home:
- Health and social care, including doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, frontline health and social care staff.
- Education and childcare professionals who need to remain active to deliver the COVID-19 response
- Key public services such as the justice system, religious staff, funeral services, broadcasting
- Local and national government workers, such as those dealing with essential public services such as the benefits system
- Those involved in food production including medicines
- Police, army, fire and rescue, prison and probation staff
- Transport staff
- Essential financial staff (e.g. banks) and infrastructure staff (oil, gas, electricity etc)
If you are in one of these roles and you or your partner are able to work from home then we would not offer this service to keep our numbers as low as possible.
Guidance says that:
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
We will therefore need confirmation of your employment and confirmation that your employer agrees your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this service. We understand this time is short, however we will need to have this confirmed in writing or an email from your employer before we can access the provision. We will also, for the safety of all of our pupils, need confirmation of your typical working hours. This is because we are very keen to ensure that numbers are kept to a minimum for the safety of our pupils and staff and you will appreciate that the above list is very extensive.
Some of you have already informed us that you are a key worker. You will now need to:
Once we have your email and evidence, we will confirm details of provision being offered and send you an email. It goes without saying that we want to help as many families as possible but our staffing structures are already reduced and will reduce further. The CEO of DSAT requires all DSAT schools to operate one strict standard approach and on this matter schools will have limited discretion.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Mrs R. Allard Mrs H. Lambert
Executive Head Head of School