A few more updates
Caterlink have confirmed now that grab bags will be available for FSM children but you must order them online as usual. If you do order, then please pick them up as we don’t want to waste food and money.
We have put together a list of websites which offer free access to learning resources during this time, there are many more out there but this should keep everyone busy for a while! We will also put them on the website under the tab’ Free On-line Learning’ https://www.larchfieldschool.co.uk/free-online-learning/
Should your circumstances change during this period
During the school closure if your circumstances change, please go on to our school website https://www.larchfieldschool.co.uk -Parents-lunch menus-Free school meals and register with RBWM for Free school meals. If you require any help or advice with this please contact Mrs Baker on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is unfortunate that this could potentially be our last day in school for a very long time and it sadden me to think there is a realistic chance that we may not be able to say a proper good bye to our fabulous Y6. It would have been nice to have more children for our last day than we have.
Anyway, I realise that I sent you all an email last night with our carefully thought out plans for supporting key workers during this challenging time, however the Government have now decided in the late hours to publish a suggested list of key workers.
Can I please ask that their directive around social distancing, self-isolation and keeping the virus at bay should still be clearly taken note of. Please find below their late update in summary, please remember if you can safely care for your child at home then it will help with the efforts we are all making to get our community and country back on track.
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be
Key Workers list:
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
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.
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.
Kind regards, I’ll no doubt be in touch with you later in the day!
Mrs J Kearney