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Why can’t certain year groups or all siblings come back to primary school?
As from the 1st June, the government has set out that first priority must be given to providing places for vulnerable children and the children of key workers, (where there are no shielding concerns for the child or their household), even if parents are able to keep their children at home..
Secondly the government has asked educational establishments, from June 1st at the earliest, to flexibly increase capacity to receive children in the priority year groups (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6), where:
· there are enough classrooms or spaces available in the setting
· they have enough available teachers or staff to supervise the groups
The government ambition is to bring all primary year groups back to school before the summer holidays, for a month if feasible, though this will be kept under review. Schools will only welcome back additional year groups if the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus indicates it is appropriate to have larger numbers of children within schools.
Thirdly, the government has asked for schools to provide some form of face-to-face support, to supplement remote education for Year 10 and Year 12 students who are due to take their exams next year. Source 14/05/20 update: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Whilst we appreciate the difficulty it poses for families having some siblings at school and others at home, the safety of children and staff is our utmost priority. At this point in time, the outcome of our risk assessments dictate that we cannot accommodate children outside of the above priority groups.
If I am a key worker and my partner isn’t, can my child come to school?
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, then your children will be prioritised for education provision and are strongly encouraged to attend.
From 1st June, this is true, even if parents are able to keep their children at home, e.g. with a non-key worker partner.
· 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: childcare; support and teaching staff; social workers; 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; 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 outbreak); 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; 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; waste disposal sectors.
Source 14/05/20 update: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision