Update 6th Jan 2021 - Ms Hayes
5 January 2021
Once again, the country has been placed in a National Lockdown, very similar to the lockdown we experienced in March last year. Schools have been closed to the majority of pupils apart from vulnerable pupils or children of critical workers. This week, school has been open for these pupils. The advice under lockdown measures is that wherever possible we work from home, and if children can stay safely at home, they should do so. The latest government advice is as follows:
“As a country, we need to do all that we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the government has asked parents to keep their children at home learning remotely, wherever possible. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. Schools are being asked to provide in-school provision for those children who absolutely need to attend and/or cannot be kept safe at home. This information applies to all parents, including those classed as Critical Workers. Additionally, we must emphasise that the government guidance states that ‘many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can safely be cared for at home should be.”
As a result of this guidance, I ask you to email firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Friday 8 January 2021 with evidence from your employer of your employment as a key worker, regardless if you have already done so, in order for us to accommodate your child from Monday 11 January 2021 onwards. As it says in the guidance, if your child can stay safely at home, even if you are a critical worker, they should do so.
The list of key worker categories are outlined below:
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections:
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
- support and teaching staff
- social workers
- specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
- 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
- essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants, and food), including in government agencies and arm's length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
- 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
- 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
- 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 and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- 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 coronavirus (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
I would also like to point out that when these pupils are in school, they will only be accessing the same remote learning that they would be at home. There will be no face to face teaching being delivered by teaching or support staff. Support staff will be supervising the remote learning in school.
We are aware there are some households are struggling with IT access and IT hardware, making remote learning difficult, therefore teachers are producing a mixture of recorded and live lessons which will follow your child’s normal school timetable. This is accessed via school synergy.
Pupils access remote learning through their Synergy student portal (school email address and own password) which they log into via https://fishermore.schoolsynergy.co.uk/. All pupils have been shown how to do this in school and further details can be found on the school website.
I ask for your support in ensuring your child completes all aspects of their online learning. If you have any issues accessing the parent portal Synergy yourself, please contact either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday this week, we spent a lot of time planning COVID testing in school. All plans are currently on hold until we are given further advice and guidance by the government.
As a school, we are doing everything we can to support your child in these most difficult and challenging of circumstances. We truly, value your support in all that we are achieving together. We are prioritising your child’s learning. This is underpinning all the decisions we are currently making.
We look forward to welcoming your children back, hopefully soon after half term as outlined by the Prime Minister this week.
Ms C Hayes