COVID 19 KEY WORKER INFORMATION UPDATE

Dear Parent/Carer,

We will continue to ensure that we provide emergency childcare for the small minority of parents and carers who are currently playing a significant role in fighting COVID-19. Please heed government advice and do not send children in unnecessarily.

There will be some changes to provision from tomorrow and again next week following local authority and government advice. We appreciate this is an extremely difficult time for us critical workers and we appreciate your patience in an ever changing situation day by day and being as flexible as possible in making other arrangements.

From tomorrow:

Drop off and pick up

All children should be dropped off and picked up at the Main KS2 office entrance. We ask that parents press the buzzer at the main office door and wait for a member of staff to take their name over the intercom. Please respect social distancing guidelines and if someone is already waiting at the door then please wait at the top of the steps until the person is leaving the car park and do not gather in groups. Due to the restrictions in place we won’t be admitting children or parents in to school premises.

Food

Breakfast club will open at 8am for childcare. Please make sure children have eaten breakfast before they come to school wherever possible.

Lunch can be ordered on line as normal and our kitchen will prepare meals for the children however the final day will be Friday. From Monday next week we ask that parents send children to school with a packed lunch and already eaten breakfast at home.

Closing times

We plan to close the childcare session at 3.15pm each day due to restrictions in numbers of staff and cleaning in the buildings. If, however you need childcare until 4.30pm please let us know in advance.

Thank you again for your patience. Stay safe.

 

 

Dear Parents and carers

You will no doubt have heard the message from our government that the country is in lockdown and movement outside of your home is significantly restricted.

Parents and carers who work as ‘critical workers’ or those of vulnerable children will have already been in touch with school and requested reduced provision.

Those children can still access emergency childcare but I would ask those parents and carers to consider the following very seriously before sending their children into our emergency childcare tomorrow.

Reduced provision is only for vulnerable children and children of parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response.

Many parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

I cannot stress enough that these are extraordinary times and that requires extraordinary measures.

As the Head Teacher of this school I need to do all I can to ensure that I can provide emergency childcare for the small minority of parents and carers who are currently playing a significant role in fighting CORVID-19. Please heed government advice and do not send children in unnecessarily.

Sending children into emergency childcare when it is not necessary will jeopardise our ability to support those parents who need it most.

The days, weeks and months ahead will be tricky and we need everyone to play their part.

Please support the staff at Parkhead to play our part and please do not send your child in if they can be safely cared for at home.

  • Stay at home
  • Protect the NHS
  • Save Lives

Thank you for your cooperation.

Stay safe.

Paula Bailey

 

EASTER HOLIDAY PROVISION

We have been asked by the Local Authority to survey those parents of children attending or those who are eligible to attend school, if they would require child-care over the Easter holidays. We need to submit this information by the end of the day Tuesday 24th March. The strategic group from the Local Authority will meet on Wednesday 25th March to begin planning for this period. PLEASE INFORM US VIA EMAIL WHETHER OR NOT YOU WOULD REQUIRE THIS.

Please remember the critical worker list guidance below.

Children with a parent or carer who is listed on the government’s critical worker list should be considered for a school place. However, 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.

Children with at least one parent or carer who is critical to the COVID-19 response can attend school if required.

However, many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Dear Parents/Carers,

You have identified with us as a key worker and potentially needing childcare at our school during this unprecedented time.

Booking childcare/school sessions

In order for us to provide this service to you we ask all parents to use lunchshop to book your requirements for each day. For example, a full school day, breakfast or after school club or a nursery session. This booking service applies to all eligible children for key workers and vulnerable children groups.

There are new items on lunchshop as shown on the sheet below. These are bookable in the same way other items in school are booked such as trips, after school clubs etc. but are completely free of charge. We ask that parents book each day wherever possible the night before and in advance for several weeks should they know their working patterns. This way we can plan appropriate activities for your children and we can manage registers for safeguarding children in our care. It is imperative that you pre-book to use this service for those reasons. If you require care after 4.30pm please can you let us know via text or email so we can plan our staffing.

Lunch and food

Lunch can be booked in the same way as normal on lunchshop and again wherever possible ask you pre-order from home or call, text or email the school office the day before and we can put the order on for you. We have changed everyone’s status to free so there is no charge or need to top your account up with any money. Breakfast and after school club will provide food automatically for the children if you pre book those sessions. If you prefer to send your child with a packed lunch, then that is absolutely fine.

Clothing

We ask that children come to school in their school uniform but perhaps bring a bag with a change of clothes to cover outdoor activities or physical activities.

Hygiene of course continues to be extremely important and we ask that you continue with handwashing routines and it would be prudent to put clothes in the washing machine on returning home to minimise and control the spread of infection.

Pick up and drop off

During this time, we have allocated two drop off and pick up points in school for the normal school day.

For children in Reception, Nursery and KS1. We ask that parents use the KS1 gate and walk down to the KS1 yard and stay on the yard. A member of staff will greet parents and then lead children to the classrooms. Because we are using as few entrances as possible and minimising the spread of infection this way we can practice social distancing. For these reasons please try and arrive as close to 8.45am as possible and arrive at 3.15pm. We cannot accommodate different drop off and pick up times unless it is a nursery session.

For children in KS2 we ask that parents send or go to the KS2 yard and wait again for a member of staff or send their children to the year 3 / 4 wing door. This will be the only entrance for children in KS2 for normal school times. I.e. 8.45am and 3.15pm. Again we ask that you stick as close to these times again so staff can lead the children to the buildings. We ask that parents do not come to entrance doors.

Pick up for breakfast and after school clubs

If your child is attending breakfast or after school club we are using the KS2 main office entrance for ALL children whether it be nursery, reception, KS1 or KS2 and there will be a bell to ring when you drop off children and pick them up. Our opening times will be 7.45am for breakfast and our closing times will be determined by parental needs.

Coronavirus guidance

As all the other guidance suggests, we will continue to contact parents if your child becomes poorly or shows symptoms of corona virus and it is therefore imperative we have up to date contact details.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus or have been told to self-isolate, please ensure you self-isolate and nominate another adult to pick your child up and ensure you let the school office know.

Communication

We will continue to operate the normal school telephone numbers for:

  1. Reporting absence 01914334144
  2. School office 01914334146
  3. Clubs 01914334145
  4. Emergencies out of hours 07786592634

You can continue to use our text service, email and we will continue to post announcements on our website. www.parkheadprimary.org

 

COVID 19 – KEY WORKER INFORMATION

Dear Parents/Carers,

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. 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. 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.

In light of this advice we would like parents to text or email us as soon as possible if they work in the following professions and have NO OTHER means of enabling their child to be safely cared for at home. This applies to all age groups including nursery.

Please text or email us immediately if you:

– work as a key worker in one of the categories below AND you need childcare

You do not need to reply if this does not apply to you.

Please specify on your text OR email your work role and which key worker category you fall in to. Please specify which parent name this applies to. If you are currently self-isolating but feel this applies to you in the future, please reply.

Once we have the information from you we will contact relevant parent/ carers by the end of the day to explain how things will work on Monday.

If your child has an education health care plan, LAC status or has a social worker we will contact you directly.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

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.

Transport

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.

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.