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SCHOOL CLOSURE URGENT UPDATE / VULNERABLE PUPILS AND CRITICAL WORKER PROVISION

Dear all

 

No doubt you will have heard the Prime Minister's announcement of a national lockdown starting at midnight tonight, Monday 4th January 2021.

 

I can confirm that Harrison Primary School will be open tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January 2021 for vulnerable children and key workers' children only, in ALL year groups. Schools are now closed to all other pupils. 

 

The Prime Minister made it very clear that parents must stay home with their children if they can and that everyone must work from home if at all possible, to reduce the risk of transmission from the new strain of Coronavirus. 

 

Please only access school provision if you meet the criteria for critical work that cannot be done from home. Please find attached the critical worker list that was republished at the end of December on the DfE gov site.

 

If you are a parent who is a key worker or a parent of a vulnerable child who attended provision in March 2020 and still need a place, we expect to have a place for your child/children but new proof of employment will be needed.

 

The purpose of the lockdown is to minimise social contact, and so for this reason only children where both parents are critical workers (or single parents who are critical workers) should send their children to school.

 

If you do not need this any longer or you are no longer a critical worker please do not send your child/children in tomorrow. 

 

If you would like a key worker place please bring your child to school tomorrow at the normal time. We have not surveyed parents over the last few days as this proved to be inaccurate last time and took many hours....

 

Parents who are needing a place for their child tomorrow can bring their child/children to school at the normal time. We will try to accommodate all children who need a space. 

 

All parents who need a place will be asked to provide proof of their critical worker status - this may take a couple of days to check.

 

Our intention is to provide Remote Home Learning and virtual ‘face to face’ contact with teachers via Zoom for children who are at home and will try to replicate the school curriculum as far as possible. 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 
This guidance has been updated to include information about the return to school and college in January, and includes the addition of those whose work is critical to EU Transition to the list of ...
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Children will be expected to attend school five days a week.

Current start and end of the day timings will apply.

Class teachers will teach their own classes.

We will teach the normal Harrison curriculum and timetable - this is not emergency 'care provision'.

Key worker and provision for vulnerable children will be maintained as long as staff availability permits. 

 

Please bear with us whilst we finalise places and staffing over the next few days. If you genuinely need a key worker place/places we look forward to seeing you in the morning. Please support all families by only taking a place if it is critical.

 

As you can imagine this evening has been rather hectic. Apologies for the delay in posting this message; the Teachers2Parents email service appears to be rather overloaded!

This is clearly now an emergency situation which is out of our control. We had hoped and wanted to keep everyone in school.

 

Regards

Sara Gmitrowicz, Executive Head teacher & David Moorman, Chair of Governors.

 

 

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