REVISED LETTER REF KEY WORKERS
Supporting Children of Key Workers / Vulnerable Children / Children on F.S.M.
On Monday 23rd March 2020 our doors will re-open for a minority of pupils to support key workers as confirmed at 8.00pm this evening by the Permanent Secretary for Education.
This provision will:
Please note the following:
Our school closed from Thursday 19th March to achieve social separation, to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and to keep our children and staff safe. Department of Health advice is clear; social separation is essential in the fight against Coronavirus. The more children attending Moneyrea the less social separation and consequently the more transmission will occur.
Before sending children to school, key workers should make every effort to make their own childcare arrangements with childminders, family members, friends or trusted neighbours. Key workers should only use schools as a last resort.
Monday 23rd March 2020:
Our school will not have wraparound services available.
The following opening and closing times will apply:
Children should wear school uniform, bring a lunch / snack and own pencil cases.
Our staff will primarily be providing childcare as teachers are also required to provide remote learning.
For key workers where your only childcare option is to send your child to school, we will look after your child in order to support you in your important role; we thank you for your service to our community.
List of key workers:
To help us plan ahead we need to know how many children of key workers are requesting a place! If you are an identified key worker and will be sending your child to school on Monday 23rd, please inform me on email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Sunday with the following information:
Where both parents are key workers:
In the case of a single parent identified key worker:
In the case of one parent identified as a key worker:
It is hoped to notify parents of places by email on Sunday afternoon.
Children who are vulnerable to infection because of underlying health concerns should not attend school. They should be cared for in the safety of their own homes.
We do not have the facility to provide meals for children on FSMs at the moment although this will change in the days ahead.
I am grateful to my colleagues in Castlereagh Principals’ Group for helping me compile this response.