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Closing our school to a lot of children last Friday was a surreal and troubling experience. I think there are many challenges for us all to face in the near future.
I am the product of two parents who lived through the WW2. My Dad was in the Eighth Army and my Mam welded sections of submarines in the shipyard of my home town. Generations before us have been tough and resilient, it is now our turn to stand up and be counted.
School will be open tomorrow for the children of critical workers. Our aim over the coming weeks and months will be to support the critical workers who are in the front line of this pandemic – the medics, the forces, the people in the food industry and anyone else who is helping to keep our infrastructure together. The challenge for school will be keeping school staff as healthy so we can deliver this service until the crisis is over. To minimise the risk to staffing and children we need to follow the government guidelines which are below.
Current government guidance regarding eligibility for the school care as of Monday 23rd March 2020 is that children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can potentially send their children to school if required. However, we must emphasise that the government guidance also states that “many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.”
This advice also applies to children with EHCP and vulnerable categories – the safest place for your child is at home with you - this also decreases the chances for COVID-19 spreading to the teaching staff and their families and potentially limiting the school’s ability to open.
If your circumstances change and you become a key worker or you stop being one, please use the email@example.com email address to ask for a form.
We hope that everyone stays safe and well and please remember social distancing is important so be careful who your children have contact with when they are off and continue to teach them about good hand hygiene. Regular updates will continue to be added to our website and Facebook pages.
Upton is an amazing community – heartfelt thanks to the parents who have been so supportive over the last two weeks. We can all do this! I am looking forward to the day that we can open the doors wide to all of our children and I sincerely pray this isn’t too far in the future. Please stay well and safe.
WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL
We pride ourselves on our welcoming atmosphere where all are respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential. We offer teaching which supports each child achieving their potential in a happy, friendly, caring community. Children enjoy a varied and stimulating curriculum and they have plenty of scope to establish a broad range of friendships where newcomers integrate with ease.
As a considerably improving school, we have been selected to be involved in a Parliamentary Review, alongside senior and Cabinet ministers, including The Right Hon Philip Hammond, to highlight best practice and raise standards in primary education. See below.
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