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Dear parents and carers,
We have now received the official advice from government on key workers and arrangements for childcare in schools.
There is a link to useful information that you may wish to read at 

The information that has been sent to schools can be viewed at 
 
This includes the information on who can be considered a key worker. 
There have been confusing messages in the media which suggest that if one parent is a key worker then their child should/ can automatically come to school.  This is not accurate.
The key messages that we have been given are in line with earlier advice we provided for parents and are as follows:

‘Many parents who are key workers 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.

 

 

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID -19 is clear.  If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

 

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

 

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But 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.

 

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

 

If it is possible for all children to be at home then they should be

 

Parents should do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus.’

You will see from these messages that the principle is unequivocally if your child can stay at home safely, they should.

It may help all parents and carers to know that we are not, in effect, running schools in our school buildings but we are running childcare settings.  As things progress it may be that we need to share buildings with neighbouring schools or move provision around in similar ways in liaison with the local authority but we will keep you informed.

We will do everything we can to ensure that children staying at home, or indeed those who need to come into the school building, are not disadvantaged and that all children get an equal chance to participate in the learning opportunities we are able to provide in these highly challenging circumstances.

With many thanks for your support in all of this

Very best wishes

Amy Rice

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CEO St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust

18 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

We understand these are unsettling times for parents so we would like clarify the current situation within our school based on the current government advice:

Regarding self-isolation, the following procedures will take place with immediate effect;

  • Please do not send your child/children into school if they have a temperature of 37.8 or above. Children that develop a temperature whilst at school will need to be collected immediately. Children should remain at home for 14 days after the temperature comes down.
  • Please do not send your child/children into school if they have a persistent cough or develop a new cough. Children should remain at home for 14 days.
  • Families are now advised to self-isolate even if just one family member presents with any of the above symptoms. For any child who is already self-isolating from school; if this child has a sibling at school they will too must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days from the day when the first person in the household became ill. The full guidance can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-homeguidance

The same guidance is being followed by all staff within the school.

School remains open as normal. Hygiene remains our primary focus; the children and staff are thoroughly washing their hands regularly and we are enforcing stringent cleaning routines.

In the current climate we have made the decision to;

  • Cancel all clubs and any external visitors in school with immediate effect
  • Postpone parents’ evening
  • Any liturgies/stations of the cross will not include members of the wider community but will take place in school behind closed doors

We will update you as soon as we receive further information, please follow the advice through the link on our website’s home page.   The school website will be updated with more information as appropriate. We will advise through text and the website as available.

13 March 2020

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

As the level of concern around the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to grow I wanted to offer some reassurance around what we are doing as a Trust to keep your children safe.

 

The safety and wellbeing of our community of 17 schools is our top priority and for this reason we are following the very best available advice.  Head teachers and their teams are working hard to plan for all scenarios, ensuring that we have the most effective arrangements possible in place.

 

At present there are to be no school closures.  We continue to be responsive to changing circumstances and to take sensible measures to protect our children, our staff and our visitors.  

 

Hand washing remains the most effective way of protecting ourselves and so we are making sure that this is done in our schools for the recommended 20 seconds, many times a day.  

 

All schools - and the Trust - receive daily advice on managing the Coronavirus, from the Department of Education.  This advice is especially tailored for schools and we are following that advice carefully.  While there is no need to stop people coming together at the moment, we are working through our plans for events where there is a high concentration of people and there are likely to be vulnerable groups among them.  The key vulnerable group that has been identified concerning this virus is the elderly, particularly if they have existing health concerns.  

 

It remains in the interest of our children that they continue to receive the best education we can give them and we all appreciate your support in continuing to ensure that your children attend as usual.  There is clear advice on when children should not attend (aside from general illness) which can be found here.  The latest advice is to self-isolate for 7 days if you have the following symptoms:

 

New, persistent cough and/ or

High temperature

 

The situation is under constant review in our Trust.  Because we are following the best available advice this may mean that you see other schools or organisations doing slightly different things, but this may for specific reasons.  Please be assured that we will continue to act in the best interest of our school communities.

 

With thanks for your continued support,

 

Amy Rice

CEO St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust.

 

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