Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are continuing to monitor the official Government guidance relating to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak to ensure that we act in the very best interests of our school community.

The school will partially re-open only to pupils who have indicated a wish to return in the specified cohorts from Monday 1st June as follows:

Reception, Year One and Year Six – return on Monday 1st June and will remain in school full-time.

We will also maintain provision for children of key workers.

Home learning packs will continue for all pupils not attending school.

The situation will be continually reviewed and should there become an increased risk to the school community or a spike in the local infection rates, there may be a requirement to reduce the numbers in school again so it is important that families have contingency arrangements in place.

Please see further information on the Devon Schools Covid 19 website page: https://www.devon.gov.uk/document/schools-and-families/

Please see information from the Department for Education relating to closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers.

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 your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home, then your children will be prioritised for childcare provision:

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 distributors 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 arm’s 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 parents think they fall within the critical categories listed 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.

Please note: It is not compulsory for ‘Key Worker’ children to access this service.  We need to ensure that we keep school staff safe as well as the children attending, therefore social distancing and maintaining low numbers in school will remain a priority for the ongoing safety of all.

If you believe you fit into one of the above categories and will require this provision, please contact us.

We appreciate that ‘Key Worker’ parents may have differing requirements of the service day by day or week to week and we will aim to accommodate this, wherever possible, however please be aware that due to staffing pressures in our schools currently, we will not be able to offer any wrap around care facilities of after school clubs that would normally be on offer.  The service will be open from 9:00-3:30.

Our vulnerable pupils are already known to the schools and school staff will be in contact to discuss future school attendance. This group of pupils includes anyone who has:

  • An education health care plan (who do not have an underlying health condition, which means school attendance is not advisable);
  • An allocated social worker
  • those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans,
  • ‘looked after’ children,
  • young carers,
  • disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
  • Children facing social difficulties.

Children accessing this service will need to be registered on a daily basis in line with our usual safeguarding routines and we will be asking parents to let us know if their child is absent for any reason.  This will allow us to plan and maintain staffing levels and ensure safeguarding requirements are met.   We will confirm our booking arrangements in further communications to you, once we have established the numbers or families that this service is essential for.

If your child’s school is closed due to staff illness, then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

Provision of food for children

We are providing meals for children in Reception, Year One and the key worker learning group. The menu has been reduced to a weekly menu please click here. We will continue to cater for children with specific dietary requirements.

Free School Meals

We have issued vouchers to families that are not attending school and will continue to monitor and take action as necessary.

Continuation of learning

For families whose children will be at home, we have sent activities to support families and will continue to monitor and take action as necessary. We have created a home learning page with links to resources.

Thank you for your continued support and patience throughout this difficult time.

Kind regards,

Claire Grant

Executive Headteacher