Coronavirus: required closure - Friday 20th March
An update from my letter yesterday evening, overnight, the cabinet office has released the definition of ‘key workers’ that I have copied below. Equally the government have reinforced the following messages;
- The safest place for all children is at home and if at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support (has an EHCP), is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then 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 has asked as many settings as possible to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Currently we have only put provision in place for next week; this will be from Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm. In order for us to ascertain the level of provision we need to put in place for Monday morning, I would now ask that all parents of children who fall into the key worker categories listed below and those parents of children who have a current EHCP (this does not include children who may be in the application phase of EHCP) to let school have the following information by email to email@example.com, with the heading KEY WORKER INFORMATION as soon as possible.
- Please inform us if you will be using the service next week
- If you do intend to use the service the days you will use(including if am/pm or both) and the time we can anticipate your child(ren) being dropped off and collected
- Whether you child will need a school meal or bring a packed lunch (we will need this information for the whole week in advance for planning purposes)
- Parent(s) names and occupations
- Name of parent’s employers
- Contact number of parent’s employers
We have been asked that proof is provided from employers, that based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
We would be grateful if parents could provide the information as soon as possible to aid our planning.
The Key Worker categories are:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
I would remind parents that schools are now only providing childcare, we will not be providing education and if your child is able to be at home, that is the safest place for them. It is the government expectation that if children are able to be at home that is where they should be. During this time one of my primary concerns will be safety and well-being of my staff, so I hope you also have this consideration when making your decisions. Moving forward we will during the early part of next week ascertain what cover we will be able to offer during the Easter break and beyond.
This information applies to both children of Newton Poppleford Primary School and Littles Popples, but it does only apply to those with a current registration at Little Popples.
We will later today, send confirmation emails to parents of children who have a place on the register for next week.
The Dinner Menu from February 2020 to July 2020 is available here.The latest PTFA minutes are always available on the PTFA page on the PTFA page.
- The Pupil Privacy Notice has been updated and can be found on the GDPR and privacy page.
- Information about Threadworm can be found on the What to do if your child is unwell section of the Parent's Page
- The PTFA wrote a short article on the PTFA page that summed up the Fund Raising activities during this school year.
- The information about Twilight and Breakfast Clubs has been updated here.
- Information about charges is available here.
- The Online Payment system has its own page of instructions which can be seen here.
- The majority of our letters are sent electronically via Letters Home - please pop into the school office and leave your email contact details if you are not currently receiving them.
For letters about specific class activities, class information and lots of photographs, please see your child's class page. These pages can be found by clicking on the School Life menu tab.
The letter about Head Lice can be found in School Life-Healthy Zone.
The Homepage calendar only shows the next two events in writing. Go to the Calendar page for more details.
Sid Valley School Uniform Bank
Following on from an article last year in the Sidmouth Herald we have donated uniform, including sweatshirts, left in the lost property cupboard to the Sid Valley Uniform Bank.
Please feel free to look through the lost property cupboard, located next to the shed on the playground.
Do you have any school uniform no longer required, please consider donating it to the uniform bank, drop off points are Radway Cinema, Hair Temple, Fulfords, The Dairy Shop and Sid Valley churches, (apart from St Francis). For the full list of items suitable to donate please see the Sidmouth Herald article via this link http://bit.ly/2xEzzHl
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