20/3/2020 School Closure Update
20th March 2020
Further Update to parents and carers regarding Covid-19 school closure 20th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you are continuing to remain safe at this difficult time.
The government has updated its guidance early this morning and can be found at:
We are writing to let you know that we will be contacting you today to ascertain whether you are a key worker, critical to the country’s Covid-19 response, in order to establish the level of emergency provision we may need to facilitate.
The government have now released the list of people that they consider to be key workers. This can be found via the link below:
The government have been very clear that parents are to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. We do not have the capacity to manage large numbers of children so are asking parents and carers to only use this provision if there are no other, safe alternatives. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
There has been some confusion relating to Government advice about pupils with EHCPs. We now know that it is not a ‘requirement’ that all children and young people with Education, Health and Care plans attend school during the period of school closure. Section 1.10 of the information for families is clear that decisions should be made locally based on risk assessments of health and safeguarding.
The guidance is now clear that there may be some children who will be safer at school whilst most will be safer at home. Schools are advised to make this decision on a case-by-case basis. The advice is that children with underlying health conditions should stay at home.
We are working with colleagues across the special school sector in South Glos to identify which children will need specialist support, either because they are vulnerable or have a parent who is a critical worker, to ensure that educational provision will be available for them. We will coordinate with Health, social care colleagues, transport and catering services to support a collective emergency response.
Thank you for your support at this very challenging time for us all.