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20/03/2020

At 11.55pm on Thursday night the Government released information with regards to ‘Key Workers’. A parents/carers guide is available by following this link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers Many of you working in these sectors may still be able to ensure your child is kept at home, and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. There is no obligation to request a place just because you are a key worker. You will not be penalized in any way for keeping your child safely at home even if you are a key worker.

As a school community, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 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.

The government has stated it is important to underline that schools 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.

I cannot stress enough that your child coming to school is a last resort. There will be limited places available.

I am aware that a number of you have already completed the ParentMail questionnaire, however, I would now like to request that in light of the new guidance and the information above, that you email me as soon as possible to confirm that you work in one of the critical sectors, and you cannot keep your child safe at home, therefore requesting a school place. Please include your child's name and year group. The email address is schoolclosure@wheatlands.rac.sch.uk

I will compile the information today and try my best to get back to you via email as soon as possible to indicate whether school can offer your child provision from Monday.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding in what are unprecedented circumstances.

Kind regards

Mrs Pyle

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