You will have seen the Prime Ministers address to the country .
The country is in lockdown .
This is a state of national emergency and we must all adhere to the instructions given.
Therefore unless both parents are key workers, or you are a single parent with no other option, your child should be able to remain at home with a parent, partner or carer .
It is essential that the risks are minimised both for your children and for those staff and children who have no option other than to be in school.
Please contact the school via the admin email address to let us know if this announcement will mean your child will now be at home.
A message from Gavin Williamson – Secretary of State for Education
We are currently trusting that families who are asking us to look after their children are doing so as we are their ONLY option. Please see the recent information from Stockport council which contains attachments to the key information from the government.
Question from a parent: I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child but I don’t want to send my child in to school or childcare, do I have to?
Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.
For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
Public Health England has put together a useful question and answers document on 12th March. Please follow the link below:
Advice on how to protect yourself Coronavirus (Covid 19) action plan-.
Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.
The action plan documents what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next.
Please see information below sent out by letter on 18th March
This group includes those who are:
Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.
People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
Please note that children who have been kept off school with either a temperature or a persistent cough need to be in isolation with the entire family for a period of 14 days from the onset of the symptoms and MUST not return to school before that time.
Our Senior Leadership team are working together will all staff to keep your children safe and we are responding to need on a daily basis. We aim to keep open and are managing to do so at the moment. Teachers will be making learning available online over the next few days. Any family who do not have access to online learning will need to contact us so that we can put some support in place. A separate letter will be sent out with websites and online links to support learning from home.
Kind Regards and Stay Safe
Please see updated information by following the link below (17th March)
Please see updates on Coronavirus for your information:
Stay at Home Guidance
Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you’re a returning traveller, and what the government is doing about the virus.
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water
In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information: