20th March 2020
We finally have the information you have been waiting for. I need you to read carefully my response below before you rely on our school for the childcare the government is promising.
Croyland is already operating on a significantly reduced staff number and this will reduce further on Monday following the government instructions that were given earlier in the week.
Therefore I must reiterate, as is written in the government guidance, if your child/children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
Therefore I urge you, as a parent, to try to make longer term childcare plans and that you try and find childcare that will remain available to you, for this indefinite period of time. I cannot confidently assure you or promise that I will have staff beyond next Friday to ensure childcare.
The government have made it clear in their documentation that 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. We want to do all we can to stop this horrid virus spreading.
For those of you that require childcare, because you fall into the keyworker category, and it is absolutely needed, I need you to contact school on 01933 234028 as a matter of urgency, and ask to speak to myself, Mrs Collins or Mrs Jeffs or email through: firstname.lastname@example.org .
In order to work effectively, we are asking that you make clear your job role and the days and the times of childcare that you will require for the coming week in the first instance.
We have already been informed that some schools are asking for proof of employment to ensure that parents are acting truthfully in their attempt to secure childcare at this time. I find such deceitful behaviour quite unbelievable as we are in a world crisis. I trust you all to support us and this school community in doing your best to support those most in need of childcare.
I have been so warmed by the lovely messages school has received from you all, as teachers continue to prioritise their working role over their family lives. This community is strong and caring and I see it every day.
As I end this letter, I reiterate for the last time, if you can manage without us through friends and relatives, do so. My worry is that next Friday afternoon I have to request that you make other plans, because I can’t staff childcare. Teachers and school staff are as prone to this virus as you all are.
If I have had no communication with regard to your need for keyworker childcare by 2pm today; I trust that you do not require it.
Childcare will not be available on Monday 23rd March. Monday will be our organisation day and childcare will be provided from Tuesday 24th March. Once I know who this is for, we will contact you personally to make final arrangements.
If your child is already self-isolating because they or a member of your family is showing symptoms, they must remain in isolation whether you are a keyworker or not.
Finally, if your child falls into the vulnerable groups published earlier this week which includes asthma, diabetes and learning disabilities, the medical advice instructs that these children must remain at home and undertake stringent social distancing.
See the list below of key workers. If you qualify, and need childcare please complete the attached form. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this 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.
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
19th March 2020
This is a very hard update to write. Yes of course we are adhering to government policy to close the school but it doesn’t feel right in any way. We will all miss seeing your children every day. That is our daily norm and a happy daily norm! The conversation in the staffroom and between teachers, despite being practical, is disbelief and sadness at possibly saying goodbye to your children for the year. It feels very odd in school.
I hoped that under my leadership of Croyland Primary School, which has nearly been seven years, for the majority, if not all of your children, coming to school would feel homely and like a very big family gathering. We build up to holidays and when we get there, we rest and come back full of energy for the next term. All families need a holiday from one another but this is a break that none of us are ready for and at the moment, we have no return journey. It is not a nice feeling.
Many of you are emailing and asking for work packs. This plan would not meet the needs for our children over the length of time predicted for closure. Our plan has always been to make the best use of school technology. Each Year group now has a home learning page on our website. Each class now has an email address. Children’s learning tasks, if not already, certainly by 1.30pm tomorrow, are clearly laid out, day by day on their class page. The class email address is there for you to communicate with your class teacher. Each child will come home with a work book. Your class teacher will add a daily comment to the web page. Please share this with your child. I hope, for children who are self-isolating, this will remind them that they are part of a very special group of young people.
At the moment, we are working with our catering company in order to supply a meal for children entitled to free school meals. The government hasn’t released their key worker list so the extent of child care that is required at Croyland Primary School is yet, unknown.
Pupils with educational health care plans or have a social care plan are entitled to school child care; I have some thoughts, but again this can only take place if I have a staff body to facilitate it and at the moment, more individuals are being forced into self-isolation and my staff body is running low.
It is strange time – and felt enormously by all the staff here.
Information Shared as of 10.03am Wednesday 18th March 2020
Coronavirus Advice: STAGE 2 –Delay
I have met with the senior members of staff again this morning and we have made the decision to cancel swimming lessons for the rest of the term. We will revaluate again after the Easter holidays.
It has been necessary today to combine the year 2 classes with one teacher and two teaching assistants due to student numbers and staffing shortages.
Information Shared as of 10.50am Tuesday 17th March 2020
Coronavirus Advice: STAGE 2 –Delay
I have met with the senior members of staff this morning and we have made decisions regarding non-essential gatherings of children.
All assemblies are now cancelled.
As of Wednesday 18th March, there will be no after school clubs.
The Year R trip to Irchester Country Park will be cancelled.
Working at Home whilst in Whole Household Isolation
Whilst the school remains open, we will not be sending home specific learning tasks for children who are in whole household isolation. We cannot assume how well, or not, families are to complete this. However, whilst at home, we would encourage all children to complete the following activities daily:
- Reading with an adult
- TT Rockstars
- Spelling Shed
Other activities to keep you busy:
- Writing (daily diary, a story, a poem, etc)
- Arts and crafts
- Research based on your current topics in school
- Garden play for fresh air
- Making dens
- Jigsaws and board games, etc.
If the government do direct schools to close, we will send out further information about expectations and support for completing school work at home.
Information Shared as of 11am Monday 16th March 2020
Coronavirus Advice: STAGE 3 – Mitigate/ Delay
Information from the Government for those Self Isolating:
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- this action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home if possible
- sleep alone, if possible
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
- stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
- you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
For further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#at-home-try-as-best-you-can-to-separate-yourself-from-the-people-you-live-with
Information Shared as of 1.07pm Friday 13th March 2020
Coronavirus Advice: STAGE 3 – Mitigate/ Delay
We have taken advice this morning from the 111 helpline regarding the brothers and sisters of children, who are absent from school, because they have a high temperature or a new or continuous cough.
If you are concerned that your child has a high temperature and other symptoms that fall within the recommendation for isolation, please call the 111 helpline and request advice. They will give you the advice you need to act upon.
If your child becomes unwell at school, as is normal, we will take their temperature. If their temperature is high, we will call you to take them home. When you arrive at school, we will request that you take the temperature of any siblings so to make an informed decision as to whether you take them home too.
Should your child become unwell during the evening/night, please check their temperature and that of their siblings before sending them into school.
If you have changed your mobile phone number, please ensure that we have your new number or that of any listed contacts.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
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