School Opening/Key Workers - 20.3.2020
School will close at 3.20pm this afternoon and our role as educators will cease. From Monday 23rd March we will provide essential child care for those children whose parents are classed as “key workers” and are deemed critical to the response to COVID-19.
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. 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 to care for those children who absolutely need to attend.
If you have contacted us to indicate that one or more parents are key workers, a place is available in school for your child from Monday 23rd March but only on the days you are at work (or resting after a night shift).
If you are a key worker but have not contacted us yet then you should do so as soon as possible.
Attendance for children of key workers is optional and if your child can be looked after safely elsewhere then you should take this option instead of sending your child to school.
If your child is in school they do not need to wear school uniform. They will be supervised by school staff, but this may not be their usual teacher or teaching assistant. Pupils in school will be supported where possible to complete the work their class teacher has set on the school website and will receive no greater level of teaching than those who are learning at home. School opening times and general routines will be unchanged.
Parents should bear in mind that staff may become unwell with the virus and we can only remain open if we have safe staff to pupil ratios.
Children who stay at home should refer to their class page on the school website for some work to do at home each day.
Please remember that the guidance about isolating for 14 days if anyone in your household has symptoms of the virus remains the same and we all need to remember to wash our hands thoroughly and regularly to have the best chance of avoiding illness.
This is not an easy time for anyone but everyone here at Harris Primary School sends you and your family best wishes over the coming weeks, and we look forward to being all back together again as soon as possible.
Best wishes and take care